Examining the Experiences of Later-Life Remarried Couples By: Sara B…
Examining the Experiences of Later-Life Remarried Couples
By: Sara B Dupuis (2009)
Remarriage is a normative even in society, nearly half of marriage are remarriage for one or both partners (Coleman, Ganong & Fine, 2000)
later life remarriage basically those senior citizen ranging from 65 and above
Nearly two-third of divorced women and three-fourths of divorced men remarry
Emotional attachment to an ex-spouse
Emotionally attached to their ex spouses and still feel emotionally connected with their ex-spouses
A study shown that people may not have yet experienced an "emotional divorce"
e;g: Show resentment, anger, envy
Women may desire more autonomy as individuals
e;g: women hold greater standards for social distancing
result shown that autonomy in remarriage have been found in the area of finance, childrearing and social network
e.g: common pot system
The unresolved emotional issues or emotional baggage can create barriers to intimacy
afraid of being hurt again
societal perception of failure in marriage
Can effect current marriage
Usually an individual tend to choose someone that is opposite from the first partner
Interaction and Relation (Adjustment)
Not defined by traditional gender roles, rather it is more on egalitarian in nature
Women in later life remarriage perceived that compared to first marriage, their later life spouse maintained more responsibility with regard to domestic chores.
What is more important? Companionship
Older remarriage faced ambiguous rules. Rules process need to be explored within older remarriage couple context.
Not clear in terms of rules model as they tend to develop own rules such as stepfamily models and frequently follow nuclear family - while its not.
Concept of remarriage is highly regarded as incomplete institution
Experience of marital dissolution may lead to more equitable relationship
Friends and extended family interaction
Positive relationship as predictor to marital adjustment in remarriage.
Poor integration with friends and extended can lower the marital stability
Remarried individuals may provide care for elderly parents and relatives
Adult (step) children interaction
Difficult to blend in due to lack of shared sense of belonging to a "step family"
Studies also shown that it is unlikely that emotional bond will form due to little time spent together
Complex relationship between remarried couples and (step)children
Remarriage decrease relationship quality and contact between adult children and grandchildren