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ALVES-SILVA, Júnia Denise; SCORSOLINI-COMIN, Fabio  and  SANTOS, Manoel Antônio dos. Marital relationships and long-term marriages in scientific literature. Contextos Clínic [online]. 2016, vol.9, n.1, pp. 32-50. ISSN 1983-3482.

This study aimed to present an integrative review of scientific literature on the processes of construction and transformation of conjugality in contemporaneity, especially in long-term marriages. The review was carried out in LILACS, PePSIC and SciELO from 2009 to 2015. Following the inclusion criteria, a total of 18 studies were selected for analysis. The results show that 15 articles from the recovered ones are empirical studies focusing on quantity and quality. It was found that there is no consensus relating the definition of long-term marriages and there are few specific studies on this marital arrangement. It is noteworthy that this difficulty is not restricted to the duration of a marriage in years, but permeates the very conception of conjugal relationship that we share in the contemporary world, character ized by the coexistence of traditional and modern characteristics and the diversity in ways of experiencing conjugality. These modifications have been attributed to changes in the social role of women and the affective relationship as a main subject of marriage. Conjugal unions have become an individual choice based on love, friendship and fellowship. It is necessary to investigate the long-term marriages to better understand the recent processes of transformation of conjugality.

Keywords : conjugality; marital relationship; marriage.

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