Alternative Lifestyles

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 447–464 | Cite as

Golden wedding couples

Effects of retirement on intimacy in long-standing marriages
  • Eugenia M. Parron
  • Lillian E. Troll


The implications of retirement for marital and family relationships were explored in golden wedding couples, against a background of those few studies that have so far examined relationships in long-married couples. Older couples can be described in two domains: behavioral and affective. Five activity types are derived from the amount or diversity of shared activities between spouses during a typical day. These types interact with the degree of intimacy measured on two instruments. It was concluded that retirement does not affect intimacy directly, but that it does indirectly through extra time and proximity which provide opportunity for enhancing prevailing intimacy between partners or for magnifying irritations.


Social Policy Social Issue Family Relationship Activity Type Wedding Couple 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugenia M. Parron
    • 1
  • Lillian E. Troll
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityUSA

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