ERIC Number: ED200869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Well-Being: Differences Among Married, Widowed and Divorced Older Persons.
Wilson, Keren Brown; DeShane, Michael R.
The influence of marital status on the well-being of older persons has been of interest to social gerontologists. To investigate the well-being of married, widowed, and divorced older persons, 397 older men and women completed eight measures of well-being, including daily living activities, overall financial status, and psychological health. Results indicated that marital status was strongly associated with well-being on six indicators, i.e., housing quality, medical, financial, social, and psychological statuses, and cognitive functioning. The well-being of divorced persons was significantly lower than that of married or widowed persons, suggesting that the stigma often placed upon the divorced may have an impact on older persons. (Author/KMF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: NRTA-AARP Andrus Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Well Being
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society (33rd, San Diego, CA, November 21-25, 1980).