Bereavement and Health: The Psychological and Physical Consequences of Partner Loss
Cambridge University Press, Sep 25, 1987 - Psychology - 288 pages
Does the popular notion of a 'broken heart' have some grounding in reality? How can grief affect the body in ways that necessitate medical care and may even be life-threatening? Bereavement and Health constitutes a comprehensive review of what is known about the impact of bereavement on surviving partners. Drawing on the work of psychologists, sociologists, epidemiologists, and psychiatrists, Wolfgang and Margaret Stroebe offer a theoretically coherent perspective focused on conjugal loss. After a thorough discussion of stress and depression models of bereavement, the authors present their own theoretical approach, emphasizing social contacts and the interpersonal nature of grief. They then examine the psychological and medical consequences of bereavement: Are the bereaved at higher risk than those who have not lost a partner? What has research revealed about the causes, symptoms, and outcomes of grief? Key questions about recovery from grief are also addressed: Is the health risk of bereavement severe enough to have lasting or even fatal consequences? Is it possible to identify those bereaved who are at high risk before their health suffers? What are the strategies that are most likely to lead to effective coping? Can attempts at intervention be effective? The Stroebes' combination of theoretical integration and methodological rigor will make Bereavement and Health a standard text for years to come.
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adjustment analysis anticipatory grief argued assess associated attachment theory bereaved individuals bereaved person bereavement outcome Bowlby cancer catecholamine causes of death Clayton clinical depression compared control group coping resources coronary heart disease cortisol crying cultures deceased depressed mood disease emotional experience evidence example excess expected feelings findings following bereavement funeral Glick grief reactions grieving helplessness high-risk higher impact of bereavement increase intense interaction interpretation intervention interview learned helplessness less Lindemann longitudinal studies marital status marriage married controls ment months mortality rates mourning nonbereaved controls norepinephrine normal grief Parkes partner loss pathological grief patients pattern pepsinogen peptic ulcers percent physical health problems psychiatric psychological recently bereaved relationship relatives reported rience risk factors role sample scores sex difference significant situation social class social support spouse Statistics stressful life events Stroebe suffer suggested suicide survivors symptoms tion tuberculosis typically ulcerative colitis ulcers variables Weiss widowhood women