ERIC Number: ED044202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Social Adaptation to Widowhood Among a Rural-Urban Aged Population.
Berardo, Felix M.
In order to gain greater comprehension of the heterogeneous character of older people and to learn more about the social conditions surrounding the aged survivor, this study focuses on certain sub-samples of the older population: the married and widowed. Specifically, it attempts to assess the social adaptation to widowhood among the aged in 3 residential settings: city, small town, and "open country." The document devotes sections to (1) characteristics of the 496 respondents, (2) economic circumstances, (3) living conditions, (4) use of time, (5) social isolation, (6) friendship relations, and (7) formal social participation. The final section summarizes major findings and draws 12 conclusions and implications from them. Some basic conclusions were that widowers are more isolated and less self-sufficient than widows; that 9 out of 10 widows live on a money income of less than $2,000 per year and thus must rely on additional outside monetary assistance; and that the widow is more active in church participation than the widower. A 71-item bibliography is included. (AN)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Washington State Univ., Pullman. Coll. of Agriculture.