ERIC Number: ED246324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Grief in Separated, Divorced, and Widowed Women: Similarities and Differences.
Petiet, Carole Anne
To systematically test previous assumptions about grief in widows and divorcing women, 410 separated, divorced, or widowed women, between the ages of 23 and 76, with at least one child, completed the Multiple Affect Adjective Checklist, the Revised UCLA Loneliness Scale, the Coopersmith Self-Esteem Inventory--Form C, the Attachment Index, and the Measure of Social and Intimate Relating. Process issues and qualitative responses were explored through open-ended questionnaire items and through telephone interviews with a selected sample of 12 respondents. An analysis of the results showed that separated and divorced women scored significantly higher on the social and intimate relating scale, and that widowed women scored significantly higher on the attachment scale. Separated women were more anxious than divorced women, and widows scored between the two groups on anxiety. All three groups were equally angry. Separated and divorced women were equally depressed, and were more depressed than widowed women. All three groups were equally lonely, but they were not more lonely than normative populations. Separated and divorced women were more dissatisfied with their attachment feelings than were widowed women. The findings highlight the similarities between separated and widowed women, and the need to study separation as a phenomenon distinct from divorce. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (64th, Los Angeles, CA, April 5-8, 1984). For related document, see CG 017 565.