ERIC Number: ED250639
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-20
Reference Count: 0
Support Groups for a Specialized Population--Single, Elderly, Childless Women.
Single, elderly, childless women are a specialized population needing social support. To examine the association between life satisfaction and social support among this population, 65 women (30 widowed, 35 never-married) were interviewed and completed the Life Satisfaction Scale. An analysis of the results showed that the never-married sample had significantly greater life satisfaction than their widowed counterparts. The never-married women were more able to give and receive assistance in concrete crisis situations than the widowed women. The never-married group also was oriented more to the present than the widowed group. The remainder of this paper focuses first on a discussion of the relationship of the research findings to a role theory perspective and its effects on clients' thinking and behavior. Second, a short overview of some of the reasons that groups are thought to be an effective means of intervention is presented. Third, these factors are tied into a model format of group intervention, a way of most effectively reaching this client group. The major issues to be addressed in a group and some of the situational factors such as time, place, and composition, are discussed. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Counselors; Support Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Gerontological Society (30th, Anaheim, CA, March 17-21, 1984).