The purpose of this study was to explore the romantic love experiences of African American older adults. Popular views on love among older African Americans remain highly subjective, open to the imaginations of other individuals and groups. This study attempts to challenge the popular descriptions of the nature of love among African American elderly by gathering narratives on various aspects of love as told by a sample of African-American elderly. A qualitative design is used to sample, gather and analyze data on love among African-American elderly. Our findings reveal that African American older adults value emotional intimacy. Cultural and historical factors appear to influence the choice of partners in later life. Implications for social intervention are discussed.
Gupta, Rashmi; Pillai, Vijayan; Punetha, Deepa; and Monah, Andrea
Love Experiences of Older African Americans: A Qualitative Study.
Journal of International Women's Studies, 16(3), 277-293.
Available at: http://vc.bridgew.edu/jiws/vol16/iss3/18