Living apart together: comparing older adults in different relationship types
Ann Evans, Australian National University
Edith E. Gray, Australian National University
Anna Reimondos, Australian National University
This paper investigates the situation of people in LAT relationships compared with other relationships (or absence of). While it is clear from previous research that there are substantial numbers of people who live apart from their partner in Australia, little is known about their characteristics. This paper will contribute to understanding the types of people who live apart. Using HILDA data this paper compares older Australians who are in a LAT relationship with people who are married, cohabiting, and single in the following domains: (1) relationship histories;; (2) attitudes;; (3) socio-economic background;; and (4) health and wellbeing. The findings have implications for the treatment of those in a LAT relationship as ‘single’ in models where relationship type is associated with outcomes.