ERIC Number: ED178849
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Sex Differences in the Experience of Widowhood.
Barrett, Carol J.
Previous writers have presumed that widowhood is more stressful for one sex or the other. Hypotheses derived from demographic considerations and sex role developmental theory compared the needs and resources of 147 widows and 42 widowers, relative to 190 married persons. All subjects were non-institutionalized urban residents aged 62 or over. The interview results indicate that: (1) sex differences are greater in widowhood than in marriage; (2) men are favored in marriage but endure greater hardship as widowers; and (3) sex differences in widowhood are most pronounced in psychosocial functioning, nutrition and household needs. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August, 1978)