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Spousal Bereavement in Late Life

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Spousal Bereavement in Late Life

SKU# 9780826142443


  • Deborah Carr PhD
  • Randolph M. Nesse MD
  • Camille B. Wortman PhD

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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 

  • Publication Date November 08, 2005
  • Page Count 368
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826142443
  • EISBN 9780826142450

Table of Contents 

    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
  1. Understanding Late Life Widowhood: New Directions in Research, Theory, and Practice, Deborah Carr, Camille B. Wortman and Randolph M. Nesse
  2. Methodological Issues in Studying Late Life Bereavement, Deborah Carr
  3. How Older Americans Die Today: Implications for Surviving Spouses, Deborah Carr, Camille B. Wortman and Karin Wolff

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

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

  12. PART IV: Implications for Practice, Policy, and Future Research
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. The Future of Late Life Spousal Bereavement, Deborah Carr