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older adults developing a preference for LAT

dc.contributor.advisorColeman, Marilyneng
dc.contributor.authorBenson, Jacquelyn J.eng
dc.date.submitted2013 Falleng
dc.description.abstractThis study explores living-apart-together (LAT) relationships among Midwestern men and women between the ages of 60 and 88. Twenty-five men and women completed genograms and unstructured interviews addressing decision-making processes leading to living apart together, and strategies for maintaining LAT relationships. Grounded theory analyses suggest that deciding to LAT in older adulthood is a gendered process involving seven contributing factors, including: personal and relational goals, age, health, partner factors, relationship history, historical time, and relationship beliefs. Reconciling relationship beliefs represent the core concept because the data demonstrate that reconciling these beliefs--particularly those surrounding commitment and expectations--is key to understanding the process of how older adults decide to LAT. Participants had varied responses regarding their preference to LAT, ranging from opposing the arrangement, being ambivalent, to championing LAT as a lifestyle choice. Two broad relational maintenance strategies were identified: maintaining separateness and redefining commitment.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references (pages 76-82).eng
dc.format.extent1 online resource (vii, 85 pages) : color illustrationeng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations.eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.rights.licenseThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 License.
dc.source.originalSubmitted by the University of Missouri--Columbia Graduate School.eng
dc.titleFrom living apart, to living-apart-together :eng
dc.titleolder adults developing a preference for LATeng
thesis.degree.disciplineHuman development and family sciences (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.namePh. D.eng

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