Exploring the nature of same-sex relationships.

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Journal of gerontological social work, ISSN: 1540-4048, Vol: 53, Issue: 8, Page: 702-22

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Quam, Jean K; Whitford, Gary S; Dziengel, Lake E; Knochel, Kelly Abel
Informa UK Limited
Social Sciences; Nursing
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This study explored the relationship structure and experiences of 145 people in the United States, aged 50 and above, in long-term, same-sex relationships. A survey assessed relationship satisfaction and roles, caregiving, shared assets, and relationship protection and support. The ENRICH couple scales revealed high scores in communication, conflict resolution, and couple satisfaction. Most participants had taken steps to protect shared assets and assign legal authority to their partners. Participants expressed differing views regarding marriage. This study reveals distinctions based on gender and age that will inform practice with this population.