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ERIC Number: ED195914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Strategies for Preventing the Stresses of Widowhood.
Barrett, Carol J.
Widowhood must be regarded as an expected stage in the life cycle of most women and some men. Widowed individuals endure much emotional and physical distress, often in conjunction with financial hardship and relative social isolation. Conceptual and practical guidelines for use by professionals in the fields of gerontology and mental health are needed to prevent the stresses of widowhood. A content analysis of recommendations from 118 widows concerning preparation for widowhood yielded four major areas of concern: financial preparation, development of independence, specific planning for widowhood, and emotional preparation. These recommendations, examined within the context of several theories, suggest the strategies of community education, social action, and counseling as helpful in preparing for widowhood. The goal of these strategies should be to develop intervention methods that maximize the future potential of the widowed partner, while respecting the potential for growth by both partners. Gerontology professionals are in a unique position to be able to foster community awareness and influence the health of the current and future elderly. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A