The purpose of this content analysis was to examine the portrayal of grief following the death of a spouse in films produced over a 10 year period beginning in 2000 and ending in 2010. The results of this study indicate that films of the last decade generally portray widowhood in a similar manner. Grief was commonly expressed through anger, withdrawal, stoicism, as well as sadness. When examining responses to the death of a spouse, themes such as role change, negative impact on family relationships, and distinct grieving styles, emerged. Recovery was found in the majority of the films through positive means such as engaging in missions, forming new relationships and processing the loss with others. The analysis revealed that work needs to be done to assist in portraying issues that widowed individuals encounter more accurately. Social workers can assist by becoming aware of misrepresentations and working with appropriate groups to change them.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Film studies|
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