Identifying elderly with coping difficulties after two years of bereavement

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College School of Medicine
Department Nursing
Creator Caserta, Michael; Lund, Dale A.
Other Author Dimond, Margaret F.; Johnson, Robert J.; Poulton, James L.; Connelly, J. Richard
Title Identifying elderly with coping difficulties after two years of bereavement
Date 1985
Description This study answers three research questions. First, what proportion of the elderly are experiencing major coping difficulties after two years of bereavement? Second, what factors in early bereavement distinguish between those with difficulties and the others? Third, what set of factors are the best predictors of coping difficulties at two years? Of the 138 persons who completed a two-year longitudinal study of bereavement, twenty-five (18%) were found to be having difficulties after two years according to a scale which combined perceived stress, coping, and depression. The poor copers did not differ from the others with respect to any of the sociodemographic, health, or social support variables. However, those who were poor copers had lower self-esteem, experienced several feelings/behaviors with greater intensity/frequency in early bereavement. Low self-esteem, even prior to bereavement, is likely to be predictive of coping difficulties two years following the death of a spouse. Three weeks after the spouse's death, the poor copers expressed confusion and a desire to die with greater intensity. They also were less likely to be proud of how they were managing the death, they cried more frequently, and did not try to keep as busy in this early bereavement period.
Type Text
Publisher Baywood Publishing Co.
Volume 16
Issue 3
First Page 213
Last Page 224
Subject Coping difficulties
Subject LCSH Bereavement; Bereavement -- Psychological aspects; Bereavement in old age; Adjustment (Psychology); Widows; Widowers
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Lund, D. A., Dimond, M. F., Caserta, M. S., Johnson, R. J., Poulton, J. L., & Connelly, J. R. (1985). Identifying elderly with coping difficulties after two years of bereavement. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 16(3), 213-24.
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