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Hillier and Barrow Chapter 6 Intimacy and Sexuality
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Need for Intimacy Intimacy: Need to be close to, part of, and feel familiar with another person. At any age, we all need intimacy and social bonds with others Achieved Relationships: connections with those we have chosen to include in our social networks, such as friends, romantic partners Ascribed Relationships: connections with those who are part of our networks, but have not been chosen, such as kin
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Need for Intimacy cont. Number of members in social network alone does not tell us how close or satisfying those relationships are. Psychological well-being is enhanced when relationships are supportive of elder’s maximum potential, self-concept. Seniors’ relationships are constrained by: disability, illness, lack of transportation, retirement, death of friends & family
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Marital Status We don’t know how many elders cohabitate instead of marrying Remarriage after divorce and widowhood is becoming more common Being married in later life is much more common for men than for women: 73% older males vs. 41% older females are married
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Marital Status cont. Marriage is healthier than being single, especially for older men. Couples are happier, less lonely, and financially more stable than single adults. The likelihood of caregiving for a spouse
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This note was uploaded on 05/29/2010 for the course ACC 201 taught by Professor Mr.ishbo during the Spring '10 term at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

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Hillier___Barrow_Chapter_6 - Hillier and Barrow Chapter 6...

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