Effects of widowhood on disabled older women (the women's health and aging study)*

Download item | Update item information
Publication Type Journal Article
School or College School of Medicine
Department Nursing
Creator Caserta, Michael; Telonidis, Jacqueline Slattery; Lund, Dale A.
Other Author Guralnick, J. T.; Pennington Jr., J. L.
Title Effects of widowhood on disabled older women (the women's health and aging study)*
Date 2005-01-01
Description This study examined the effects of becoming widowed for older women with pre-existing physical disability. Data from three consecutive interviews from the Women's Health and Aging Study (WHAS) were used to compare depression, quality of life, and functional difficulty for widowed and nonwidowed women. The two groups of 24 women were matched by age, disability level, domains of disability, and race. Repeated measures of analyses of variance (ANOVAs) revealed that, for both groups, depression scores were low and remained relatively stable and they were satisfied with their quality of life at all three time points (T1 = 0-6 months pre-bereavement, T2 = 0-6 months bereaved, T3 = 6-12 months bereaved), with no significant group by time interaction effects. The two groups were no different on their levels of functional difficulty at T1 and T2 but by T3, surprisingly, the widows reported slightly less difficulty. Overall, the findings show that disabled women who became widows demonstrate a noticeable degree of resiliency and hardiness.
Type Text
Publisher Baywood Publishing Co.
Journal Title OMEGA: The Journal of Death and Dying
Volume 50
Issue 3
First Page 217
Last Page 235
DOI 10.2190/HBMW-64C0-1VLW-QP40
citatation_issn 0030-2228
Subject Women's Health and Aging Study; WHAS; Disabled older women
Subject LCSH Widows; Women with disabilities; Widowhood
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Telonidis, J., Lund, D. A., Caserta, M. S., Guralnick, J. T., & Pennington, J. L. (2005). Effects of widowhood on disabled older women (the women's health and aging study). Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 50(3), 217-235.
Rights Management (c)Baywood Publishing Company http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/HBMW-64C0-1VLW-QP40
Format Medium application/pdf
Format Extent 351,663 bytes
Identifier ir-main,5091
ARK ark:/87278/s6wq0n6c
Setname ir_uspace
Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2012-06-13
ID 705593
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wq0n6c
Back to Search Results