Resilient Widowers: Older Men Speak For Themselves

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Springer Publishing Company, Nov 7, 2001 - Social Science - 256 pages
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ìThis is a most impressive work on a much needed and neglected area of older men who lost their spouses. Moore and Stratton listened to what these men had to say and presented us with such a rich mosaic of feelings, experiences, and hypotheses for future research.î
- Leonard Poon, PhD, Dr Phil hc
Professor of Psychology
Chair, Faculty of Gerontology
Director, University of Georgia Gerontology Center


Based on the authors' intensive qualitative study of a diverse group of 51 widowers, this unique book sets widowhood within the context of life experience. It identifies characteristics and patterns of behavior that contribute to widowerís success, as well as lack of success, in adjusting satisfactorily to their circumstances.

 

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Contents

1 Studying Resilience in Widowers
1
2 Models of Resilience
10
Wives and Marriages
19
4 Illness and Death of Wife
31
5 Caregiving and Communication
48
6 Saying Goodbye
71
7 Grief and Adjustment
81
8 Living Alone
111
10 Life Values Carried Forward
155
11 Adult Children and Other Social Support
176
12 Cohorts and the Future
203
Methodology
219
Interview Topics
225
Respondents and Characteristics
227
Subject Index
233
Author Index
242

9 Remarriage
133

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Alinde Moore is chair and associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Ashland University, where she has taught since 1985. She has chaired the department since 1989. She earned her MS at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, and her PhD in educational psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation involved a 5-year qualitative study of the coping skills of poor elderly women trying to live as independently as possible in their own homes. In Ashland, Ohio, she helped found the local hospice, served on the local hospice board for eight years, and served on the state hospice board for three years. She continues to help train hospice volunteers.

Dorothy Stratton is chair of the Department of Social Work at Ashland University, where she has taught since 1984. She has administrated the social work program since 1986. she earned her MSW at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) and a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in the state of Ohio. Her interest in men's issues developed as a result of teaching male inmates in the Ohio correctional system. She developed interdisciplinary course in Men's Issues and in Family Violence; both courses have been taught in the correctional system and on the main campus. She is past president of the Ohio College Association of Social Work Educators.

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