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  • 1.
    Pietilä Rosendahl, Sirpa
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Sweden.
    Björklund, Anita
    Jönköping University, Sweden.
    Bülow, Pia
    Jönköping University, Sweden.
    Older twins´ experiences of the relationship with their co-twin over the life course2011In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 119-128Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Based on 35 life stories of aging twins, this study focuses on personal experiences and recollections of their relationships with the co-twin over the life-course. The participants are part of two longitudinal Swedish twin studies on aging, SATSA and Gender. In the narrative analysis, three relationship patterns, labeled 'nurturing', 'draining', and 'superficial', emerged, pointing to qualitative aspects in the co-twin relationship. The dominating aspect was emotional closeness, which differed in the three relationship patterns. In the nurturing twin relationship pattern, emotional closeness was experienced as intimacy and yet independence, while in the draining relationship pattern it was experienced as dependence. The superficial twin relationship was experienced as distant and lacking in emotional involvement. Most of the relationship patterns seemed to remain the same throughout life. However, seen from a life course perspective, this study pointed to complexity and diversity in lifelong twin relationships.

  • 2.
    Pietilä Rosendahl, Sirpa
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Sweden.
    Björklund, Anita
    Jönköping Universit, Sweden.
    Bülow, Pia
    Jönköping University, Sweden.
    We are not as alike as you think – sense of individuality within the co-twin relationship2013In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 339-346Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We have explored how older twins experience and describe themselves in relation to their co-twin. The life stories of 20 older twins were analyzed with narrative analysis.Results showed that the twinsdescribed themselves from the point of differences in relation to the co-twin. This was based on experiences of how other people viewed them as alike, as well as on life events along the life course, which contributed to the perception of oneself as an individual in relation to the co-twin. The emphasis on unlikeness was therefore interpreted as a way of trying to establish a position as an individual within theco-twin relationship and to assert ones individuality to the rest of the social environment. To claim oneself as an individual was an ongoing identity work along the life course.

  • 3.
    Torres, Sandra
    et al.
    Linköping University, Sweden.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Speaking of 'limitations' while trying to disregard them:: A qualitative study of how diminished everyday competence and aging can be regarded2006In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Journal of aging studies, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 291-302Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research shows that there is a difference between being old and feeling old. The way in which the experience of growing into advanced old age is regarded has also been found to play an important role for well-being in old age. One central aspect of this experience - i.e. diminished everyday competence - remains relatively under-researched. This article explores, through 21 qualitative interviews, how a group of elders regard declines in everyday competence. Three distinctive categories were found: (a) diminished everyday competence is regarded as a 'fact of life' that cannot be overcome and must therefore be accepted; (b) as something that could be overcome - in the long run - but must be 'temporarily' accepted and (c) as a matter of fact that can neither be overcome nor accepted. In addition, these categories were found to come hand in hand with specific ways of regarding limitations; being in need of assistance from others and how the process of growing into old age is regarded as a whole.

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