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Married for Life Oral History Project
About the Collection
The Oklahoma Married for Life Oral History Project is a series of interviews with Oklahoma couples who have been married 70 years or more. The purpose of the project is to preserve the historical memories and legacies of Oklahoma’s oldest living married couples and address the question: What is the secret to a long and satisfying marriage?
Of particular interest is to understand similarities and differences in underlying individual, cultural and socio-historical attributes that contribute to a long-term marriage. Such knowledge will advance scientific understanding relative to theorizing and model building pertaining to the longevity of marriage, romantic attachment, interpersonal relationships, and marital traditions/customs. Results from this project may generate new insights for clinical gerontological applications that could extend into marriage and family therapy practice.
The project is co-sponsored by the Bryan Close Professorship in Adulthood & Aging. Dr. Alex Bishop,OSU Department of Human Development and Family Science, and Dr. Tanya Finchum, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program, are the project’s coordinators.