Psychological adaptation to spousal bereavement in old age. The role of trait resilience, marital history, and context of death

Spahni, Stefanie; Bennett, Kate M; Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina (2016). Psychological adaptation to spousal bereavement in old age. The role of trait resilience, marital history, and context of death. Death studies, 40(3), pp. 182-190. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/07481187.2015.1109566

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This research examined the effect of marital status and gender on various indicators of psychological adaptation, namely depressive symptoms, loneliness, and life satisfaction. It further explores the role of trait resilience, marital history, and context of death for predicting These outcomes in bereaved individuals. Four hundred eighty widowed individuals aged between 60 and 89 were compared with 759 married peers. Main effects were found for marital status and gender for all indicators. The regression analyses illustrate the multifaceted structure of psychological adaptation. Trait resilience is a key factor in adapting to spousal bereavement, whereas marital history and the context are secondary.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Developmental Psychology
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

UniBE Contributor:

Spahni, Stefanie and Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0748-1187

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] NCCR LIVES IP 212

Language:

English

Submitter:

Katja Margelisch

Date Deposited:

04 Feb 2016 10:01

Last Modified:

09 Jan 2017 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/07481187.2015.1109566

PubMed ID:

26745606

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.74909

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/74909

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