publication . Article . 2019

Love and Sexuality in Later Life: What Your Grandparents are not Telling You

Kris A. Bulcroft;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2019 Journal: Slovenský národopis / Slovak Ethnology, volume 67, pages 185-200 (eissn: 1339-9357, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Central Library of the Slovak Academy of Sciences
Abstract In a study of dating in later life, conducted in the Midwest in the United States, in which a sample of people age 60+ were interviewed regarding their dating behaviors and perceived functions of dating at this stage in the life course, preliminary evidence suggests that middle-generation offspring took on the role of gatekeepers of sexual standards of conduct and cohabitation outside marriage. Concomitantly, the older generation displayed modified attitudes about sexuality outside marriage in keeping with the opportunity structures available to them as part of the dating experience. When this paper was published in 1986 there were few studies of later ...
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Fields of Science and Technology classification: 05 social sciences0501 psychology and cognitive sciences0509 other social sciences050109 social psychology050902 family studies
Sustainable Development Goals: 16. Peace & justice10. No inequality
free text keywords: Anthropology, later life dating, later life intimacy, intergenerational ambivalence, stereotyping, social exchange, transmission of values, family conflict, Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology, GN301-674, Grandparent, Social anthropology, Cultural studies, Human sexuality, Sociology, Cultural anthropology, Anthropology
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