Resilience, Ambiguous Loss, and Older Same-Sex Couples: The Resilience Constellation Model

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Journal of Social Service Research, ISSN: 0148-8376, Vol: 38, Issue: 1, Page: 74-88

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Lake Dziengel
Informa UK Limited
Social Sciences
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Secondary data analysis examined factors contributing to successful long-term same-sex relationships in older adults. An online survey of couple satisfaction and life factors provided data from 156 participants. Constructivist grounded theory methods were applied to analyze responses to open-ended questions regarding perceived supports and threats and 'people or things' contributing to relationship longevity. The resulting Resilience Constellation model identified concepts of: maturity, couple integration, compatibility, complementarity, and ambiguity of external support. This model can be used as a practitioner tool to assess couple resiliency and ambiguity related to societal, social, and intrarelationship stressors. Suggestions for application of the model and further research are explored. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.