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Ch 14: Interpersonal Relationships in Aging Populations

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Explore the characteristics of various types of relationships in late adulthood with this chapter. These video and text lessons are great tools you can use to supplement classroom studies or prepare for different exams, such as sociology class, college entrance or student assessment tests.

Interpersonal Relationships in Aging Populations - Chapter Summary

From friendships to marriage, this chapter provides an extensive study of how older adults develop and maintain relationships. How are friendships formed? What is the level of marital satisfaction in late adulthood? What is the relationships between aging parents and older children? These are among the topics you will have the opportunity to learn more about with these lessons, which are accessible 24/7 from any device. You can track your progress through this chapter on your Dashboard and take self-assessment quizzes to measure your level of knowledge about each topics as you move through the lessons. After completing this chapter, you should be able to do the following:

  • Understand different types of late adulthood relationships, such as those established with siblings and adult children
  • Describe the characteristics of friendships in late adulthood
  • Discuss the development of love relationships in aging adults
  • Define different types of abusive relationships, from neglect to elder abuse
  • Explain the reasons for and challenges of singlehood and cohabitation in older adults
  • Relate details about marriage and divorce and their effects on aging adults
  • Provide details about widowhood
  • Describe parenting for middle-aged and older adults
  • Detail the responsibilities and impact of caring for aging parents
  • Discuss the effects on older parents when children grow up and move out
  • Give details about grandparenting styles
  • Understand sexual interest and activity in older adults
  • Define the role an extended family plays in the life of older adults

10 Lessons in Chapter 14: Interpersonal Relationships in Aging Populations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Friendships in Late Adulthood

1. Friendships in Late Adulthood

Friendships in late life are both similar and different from friendships earlier in life. Watch this lesson to find out what the functions and characteristics of friendship in late adulthood are, as well as how they differ from friendships at other times in life.

Abusive Relationships: Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

2. Abusive Relationships: Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation

In this lesson, we will examine the different types of elder abuse as well as some basic stats on the issue. Often related to abuse is the idea of caregiver burnout, which will also be discussed.

Marriage through Adulthood: Factors that Contribute to Marital Satisfaction

3. Marriage through Adulthood: Factors that Contribute to Marital Satisfaction

In this lesson, we'll take a brief look at factors that interact with marriage and adulthood as well as how these factors eventually influence old age. We'll also look at old age bachelorhood as well as reasons for successful marriages.

Divorce, Marriage, and Cohabitation in Late Adulthood

4. Divorce, Marriage, and Cohabitation in Late Adulthood

During later life, romantic partnerships are different from partnerships in earlier life. Watch this lesson to find out more about marriage, cohabitation, remarriage, and divorce in later life, including their unique benefits and challenges.

Widowhood: The Experience of Widows and Widowers

5. Widowhood: The Experience of Widows and Widowers

Here we examine what it means to be a widow or widower, as well as some of the statistics of how common it is. We finish off by looking at the occasionally mentioned 'widowhood effect.'

Caring for Aging Parents: Psychological Impact & Coping Strategies

6. Caring for Aging Parents: Psychological Impact & Coping Strategies

Here we will discuss the effects of caring for ones aging parents. Emphasis is placed on psychological and emotional strain brought on by the demands of caretaking, as well as ways to avoid complete burnout.

Life After Children: Changes That Happen When Children Move Out

7. Life After Children: Changes That Happen When Children Move Out

In this lesson, we will look at what changes occur to a parent after their dependent children move out. Included in this are the positive and negative changes that occur.

Grandparenting: Interacting with Grandchildren, Grandparenting Styles & Key Issues

8. Grandparenting: Interacting with Grandchildren, Grandparenting Styles & Key Issues

This lesson looks at the common ways that grandparents interact with their grandchildren, as well as a brief look into the issue of surrogate parenting by grandparents.

Sexual Interest & Activity in Late Adulthood

9. Sexual Interest & Activity in Late Adulthood

As people age, they go through many changes, including changes in their sex lives. In this lesson, we'll explore positive and negative changes in older adults' sex lives, including biological and social factors that affect sex in late adulthood.

The Role of the Extended Family in Late Adulthood

10. The Role of the Extended Family in Late Adulthood

As people age, their extended family becomes more important. In this lesson, we'll examine how multigenerational living arrangements can affect older adults and examine trends in multigenerational living arrangements.

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