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ANTUNES, Marcos Henrique; SOARES, Dulce Helena Penna  and  MORE, Carmen Leontina Ojeda Ocampo. Effects of retirement in relational dynamics in the families: a perspective of couples. Psico (Porto Alegre) [online]. 2015, vol.46, n.4, pp. 432-441. ISSN 1980-8623.

This qualitative study was developed with the objective of understanding the repercussions of retirements in relational dynamics in the families, from the perspective of couples. Six retired couples have participated in this study, with family structures composed by the parental/conjugal and fraternal/children subsystems. The data of this research were collected through semi-structured interviews, which have been analyzed, organized, and integrated, into categories following Grounded Theory principles. Results show that retirement is a stress factor in the family life cycle, as the imminence of this period reorganizes the family system, affecting behaviour patterns and the quality of bonds established among the couple, and between the couple and their children. Highlights the importance of considering the implicit and explicit rules built through years, as this task constitutes a challenge for the family in this stage of their life cycle.

Keywords : Retirement; family; family relations; marital relations.

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