ERIC Number: EJ717919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Difficulties, Disagreements, and Disappointments in Late-Life Marriages
Henry, Ryan G.; Miller, Richard B.; Giarrusso, Roseann
International Journal of Aging and Human Development, v61 n3 p243-264 2005
Although research has examined marital satisfaction in later life, little is known about the specific relationship challenges that older couples experience. Thus, the objective of the study was to explore the challenges older couples face. Data came from the USC Longitudinal Study of Generations. Qualitative analysis was conducted on 105 older couples, with an average age of 69, who responded in 1997 to an open-ended question about difficulties, disagreements, and disappointments in their marriage. Ten themes emerged from the data. In order of frequency, they were leisure activities, intimacy, finances, no problems, personality, intergenerational relations, household concerns, personal habits, health issues, and work/retirement. Comparisons in responses were made for age, gender, marital quality, length of marriage, and health. In addition, the dyadic data were examined for patterns within the relationship.
Descriptors: Marriage, Age Differences, Intimacy, Marital Satisfaction, Gender Differences, Older Adults, Longitudinal Studies, Questionnaires
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