Same-sex Couples Devote More Attention to End-of-Life Plans than Heterosexual Couples

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2018-06

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Thomeer, Mieke Beth
Donnelly, Rachel
Reczek, Corinne
Umberson, Debra

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University of Texas at Austin Population Research Center

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Engaging in end-of-life planning enhances the quality of later-life caregiving, health, and death. In this brief, Mieke Beth Thomeer, along with PRC doctoral student Rachel Donnelly, PRC director Debra Umberson, and Corinne Reczek reports on end-of-life planning among same-sex and different-sex married couples. They find that same-sex spouses devote considerable attention to informal planning conversations and formal end-of-life plans while heterosexual spouses report minimal formal or informal planning.

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