Coping with normative stress from loss and change: A longitudinal study of rural widows

James A. Blackburn, Jan S. Greenberg, Pauline E Boss

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Abstract

From the symbolic interaction perspective, the study examined the effect of loss of spouse on 30 rural widows in three Montana counties at 6 and 12 months after death of spouse. Participants were given a measure of psychological husband pres’. ence, a coping inventory, a health measure, and a measure of self-esteem. The results revealed a high level of adjustment among the rural widows at both 6 and 12 months after death of spouse, and a qualitative shift in the focus of the coping behaviors from 6 to 12 months after the husband’s death. These results suggest that within this select sample it is possible for widows to adjust to their new status and develop a positive and satisfying life as a single woman.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-70
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Gerontological Social Work
Volume11
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 30 1987

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