Grief has only begun to be researched. A preponderance of existing research has been conducted studying widows and the emotional impact of their grief. Most research on widows has been done with middle age to elder widows. This study considers a sample of young widows between 18 and 25 who lost their mates as a result of war casualties. Using a basic interpretive qualitative design this study examined the data yielded from five interviews with young widows based on questions based on the Dual Process Model (DPM) Theory of grief (Stroebe & Schut, 2005). The data were entered into ATLAS-ti to identify themes, concepts and sub-concepts. These results indicated this group of participants felt largely isolated from widows of other ages as well as other potential support people with the exception of other young war widows from whom they primarily drew their support. Only three of the five widows sought professional counseling and only one of them continued with treatment. That individual tried three different counselors before she felt as if her experience was being understood. Other things these women wrestled with were questions such as when and where to move, entering the workforce for the first time, re-entering a romantic relationship and loneliness. Future studies should address participants in this population but from more diverse cultures, participants from this population but within different branches of the military, and a comparison study considering this population with those of middle age and elderly widows.
|Commitee:||Wilson, Nona, Young, Rosalyn|
|Department:||Harold Abel School of Social and Behavioral Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 73/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Military studies|
|Keywords:||Afghanistan war widows, Dual process model of grief, Grief, Iraq war widows, Military spouses, Qualitative research, War casualty, Young widows|
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