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'Til divorce do us part: marriage dissolution in later life

Canham, S. L., Mahmood, A., Stott, S., Sixsmith, J. and O'Rourke, N. (2014) 'Til divorce do us part: marriage dissolution in later life. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage. 55(8), pp. 591-612. 1540-4811.

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Abstract: Late-life divorce—commonly referred to as gray divorce—is a rising trend that parallels the growth of the older adult population. We sought to gain an in-depth understanding of the experience of marriage dissolution, the divorce process, and life following divorce in a sample of older adults who divorced after more than 20 years of marriage. Qualitative data were collected from 10 divorcees (7 women and 3 men; M age = 63.5) and analyzed to understand the gray divorce experience; that is, factors that determined or delayed the decision to divorce and divorcees’ coping during and after divorce. Participants’ stories demonstrate that marriages endure despite problems because relationships are complex, and good experiences mix with bad ones. Outcomes of late-life divorce have significant health and financial implications for both individuals and society.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aging and relationships, late-life divorce, life course perspective, qualitative methods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ811 Divorce
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Women > HQ1060 Aged. Gerontology (Social aspects). Retirement
Creators: Canham, Sarah L, Mahmood, Atiya, Stott, Sarah, Sixsmith, Judith and O'Rourke, Norm
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Research Centre > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Ageing Research Centre
Research Centres > Centre for Health Sciences and Services
Research Centres > Centre for Physical Activity and Life Sciences
Date: 4 November 2014
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 591-612
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Divorce & Remarriage
Volume: 55
Number: 8
Language: English
ISSN: 1540-4811
Status: Published / Disseminated

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