The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of widows following the loss of their spouse. The sample included 15 elderly widows. Interviews were conducted using an interview guide developed by the researcher.
The most common types of support received were reassurance/encouragement, donated goods, religious support, and grief counseling. The ways in which widows handled the loss were: was depressed, kept busy, was angry all the time, isolated self, and had suicidal thoughts. The challenges faced were financial problems, managing bills, maintaining one's home, issues with transportation, and issues raising their children on their own. The resources available included a work training program for older adults, counseling, support groups, socialization groups, and referral services. This study will help social workers and mental health professionals better assist elderly widows.
|Advisor:||Andujo, Estela, Lam, Brian|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Womens studies, Individual & family studies|
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