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Spousal Bereavement in Late Life

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This volume provides insightful analysis and theoretical interpretation of factors that contribute to a range of adjustment patterns among bereaved persons in late life. It places the experience of widowhood in late life squarely within the context of contemporary society and explores a remarkable range of associated issues. The volume is destined to become a classic; it will set the standard for future empirical investigation of the experience of bereavement among older adults.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826142443
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/8/2005
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Carr (PhD) is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. Her research explores the social and psychological consequences of spousal loss, and both individual- and family-level influences on end-of-life health care plans and preferences.

Randolph M. Nesse (MD) is Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. He is Research Professor in the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, where he directs the Evolution and Human Adaptation Program. His work to bring evolutionary biology to medicine is now focused on why natural selection has left us so vulnerable to mental disorders.

Camille B. Wortman (PhD) is Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is head of the department's Social and Health Psychology Program. Her research focuses on bereavement, with a particular emphasis on how people react to the sudden, traumatic death of a loved one. She has received the Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution in Psychology from the American Psychological Association for this work.

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Table of Contents

  1. Foreword, Margaret S. Stroebe
    Introduction: A History of the Changing Lives of Older Couples Study, Randolph M. Nesse, Camille B. Wortman, James S. House
    PART I: Studying Bereavement: Methodological Innovations and Contextual Influences
  2. Understanding Late Life Widowhood: New Directions in Research, Theory, and Practice, Deborah Carr, Camille B. Wortman and Randolph M. Nesse
  3. Methodological Issues in Studying Late Life Bereavement, Deborah Carr
  4. How Older Americans Die Today: Implications for Surviving Spouses, Deborah Carr, Camille B. Wortman and Karin Wolff

  5. PART II: Personal Consequences of Spousal Loss
  6. Psychological Consequences of Spousal Loss Among Older Adults: Understanding the Diversity of Responses, Karin Wolff and Camille B. Wortman
  7. A Closer Look at Health and Widowhood: Do Health Behaviors Change after the Loss of a Spouse? Amy Mehraban Pienta and Melissa M. Franks
  8. Interpersonal and Spiritual Connections among Bereaved Older Adults, Stephanie L. Brown, James S. House and Dylan M. Smith
  9. Economic and Practical Adjustments to Late Life Spousal Loss, Rebecca L. Utz

  10. PART III: New Perspectives on Grief and Bereavement
  11. An Evolutionary Framework for Understanding Grief, Randolph M. Nesse
  12. Widowhood, Grief and the Quest for Meaning: A Narrative Perspective on Resilience, Robert A. Neimeyer

  13. PART IV: Implications for Practice, Policy, and Future Research
  14. Clinical Interventions with the Bereaved: What Clinicians and Counselors Can Learn from the Changing Lives of Older Couples Study, Anthony D. Mancini, David L. Pressman and George A. Bonanno
  15. Implications for Public Policies and Social Services: What Social Workers and Gerontology Professionals Can Learn from the Changing Lives of Older Couples Study, Virginia. E. Richardson
  16. The Future of Late Life Spousal Bereavement, Deborah Carr

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