Toward the development of an inventory of daily widowed life (IDWL): guided by the duel process model of coping with bereavement

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Publication Type Journal Article
School or College College of Health; School of Medicine; College of Social & Behavioral Science
Department Family & Consumer Studies; Sociology; Health Promotion & Education; Nursing
Creator Caserta, Michael; Lund, Dale A.
Title Toward the development of an inventory of daily widowed life (IDWL): guided by the duel process model of coping with bereavement
Date 2007-07
Description The Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement (Stroebe & Schut, 1999) suggests that the most effective adaptation involves oscillaton between two coping processes: loss-orientation (LO) and restoration-orientation (RO). A 22-item Inventory of Daily Widowed Life (IDWL) was developed to measure these processes and the oscillation between them, and assessed by examining 163 bereaved widow(er)s, ages 45-94 years. The LO and RO subscales produced alpha coefficients of .90 & .79 respectively. The more recently widowed demonstrated a high degree of oscillation balance between the two processes, while there was a greater emphasis on restoration-orientation among those bereaved longer. Both subscales generated significant relationships with the bereavement outcome measures used in this study. Futhermore, restoration-orientation was directly related to the level of self-care and daily living skills as well as personal growth. We identify six dimensions of oscillation that warrant further consideration and encourage others to help develop and refine all features of the IDWL and make it adaptable to other loss relationships.
Type Text
Publisher Taylor and Francis
First Page 505
Last Page 547
Subject Bereavement; Grief reaction; Widowhood; Psychological orientation; Adaptation, Psychological
Subject MESH Attitude to Death; Life Change Events; Adaptation, Psychological; Bereavement
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation Caserta, M.; Lund,A. Toward the Development of and Inventory of Daily Widowed Life(IDWL): Guided by the Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement. Death Studies 31, 505-47, 2007.
Rights Management Copyright © Taylor and Francis, Death Studies, 31, 505-547, 2007
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Date Created 2012-06-13
Date Modified 2021-05-06
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