|School or College
|School of Medicine
|Lund, Dale A.; Dimond, Margaret F.
|Course of spousal bereavement in later life
|The overall purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the major findings from our research over the past 11 years on spousal bereavement among older adults in the United States. We began in 1980 with a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) designed to describe, from a multidisciplinary perspective, the process of adjustment that follows the death of a spouse, examine factors that influence the observed outcomes, and identify potential focuses and strategies for intervention. A sample of 192 recently bereaved spouses and a control group of 104 currently married adults over the age of 50 participated in the study. Findings from this project were used to develop a second study, also funded by NIA, to examine the effectiveness of selfhelp groups in facilitating the bereavement adjustment process. Another sample of 339 recently bereaved spouses participated in this intervention study, with 241 assigned to self-help groups and 98 assigned to a control condition.
|Cambridge University Press
|Senior citizens; Support groups; Death; Bereavement
|Older people; Self-help groups; Bereavement
|Lund, D. A., Caserta, M. S., Dimond, M. F. (1993). Course of spousal bereavement in later life, in Stroebe, M. S., Stroebe, W., & Hansson, R. O. (eds.) Handbook of bereavement: theory, research and intervention. Cambridge University Press, 240-54.
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