ERIC Number: ED216276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Three Years after Bereavement: Lifestyles of Elderly Men.
Vinick, Barbara H.
Little empirically-based research has been conducted on the effects of widowhood on males. The lifestyles of 26 elderly men widowed in 1978 were examined, with special emphasis on their living arrangements, heterosexual relationships, and attitudes toward remarriage. In-depth interviews conducted after the men had been widowed an average of two years and nine months revealed that most had stable lifestyles. Over half of the respondents lived alone; most of the others lived with relatives and also had some type of health problem. Most respondents had health problems; only three did not have a chronic illness. Over half expressed feelings of loneliness; health appeared to be the most important factor related to loneliness. Few complained about housework or cooking chores, although over half had help in one or both of these areas. Only nine widowers had dated since widowhood and most reported negative or ambivalent attitudes about remarriage. Age was the most prevalent reason given for reluctance to remarry. The findings suggest that more empirical information is needed to develop effective interventions to aid males coping with the effects of widowhood. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Scientific Gerontological Society (34th) and the Scientific & Educational Canadian Association on Gerontology (10th), (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 8-12, 1981).