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Title: Happily partnered older adults' relationship-enhancing behaviours
Contributor(s): Rahn, Alison (author); Bennett, Cary  (author)orcid ; Jones, Tiffany (author); Lykins, Amy  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2020-06-21
DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12731
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520302 Clinical psychology
520106 Psychology of ageing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920502 Health Related to Ageing
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200502 Health related to ageing
Abstract: Objective: Relationship‐enhancing behaviours that contribute to older adults’ well‐being are scarcely considered in "active ageing" discourses despite relationship quality having been repeatedly linked to health outcomes. This paper explores such behaviours in older adults.
Methods: Cross‐sectional data were collected in 2016 from 168 partnered baby boomers (born 1946 to 1965) using an online survey. The 36 qualitative and quantitative questions were analysed using mixed methods.
Results: Participants were predominantly women (85%), with a mean age of 62 years (SD = 5.2). Relationship‐enhancing behaviours included verbal and non‐verbal cues, physical affection and pleasurable sexual activities. A couple's shared bed was an important relationship setting.
Conclusion: For happily partnered older adults, relationship quality improves personal well‐being. As a social determinant of healthy ageing, health policies and programs are needed to support older adults’ relationship quality. To this end, the development of targeted relationship interventions for delivery in health settings is warranted.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australasian Journal on Ageing, 39(S1), p. 30-39
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1741-6612
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
School of Psychology

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