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Spousal Bereavement in Late Life Hardcover – November 8, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0826142443 ISBN-10: 0826142443 Edition: 1st

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"Using data from the Changing Lives of Older Couples (CLOC) study and an expert team of contributors, Carr, Nesse, and Wortman have produced one of the most definitive works on late life widowhood to date. This volume would be an important addition to the library of anyone whose work involves or uses bereavement theory, research, and practice. I believe the material presented in this book will have an impact on the field for some time to come."

- Michael Caserta, PhD, University of Utah Center on Aging

"A superb volume! Late Life Widowhood in the United States provides an overview of the breakthrough CLOC project, including longitudinal analyses of the psychological, health, interpersonal, and economic consequences of spousal loss in old age. Contributors to the volume, all first-tier researchers in aging and bereavement, present a comprehensive picture of the grief experience of older widowed persons, and of the practical challenges and stressors encountered in adapting to widowhood in contemporary American society. The data from this research have major implications for theory in bereavement, as it applies to the experience of older persons, and suggest fresh implications for intervention. This book will become essential reading for researchers, practitioners, and those who formulate policy."

- Robert O. Hansson, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Tulsa Co-editor of Handbook of Bereavement Research: Consequences, Coping, and Care

"After doing research for nearly 30 years on spousal bereavement in later life I enthusiastically welcome this book by Carr, Nesse, and Wortman as it not only fills a major void in our knowledge, it also will serve as a standard and model for future investigations. This book integrates findings from perhaps the single most important study of spousal bereavement-widowhood in later life, the "Changing Lives of Older Couples" with the accumulating theoretical and research knowledge. The CLOC study is truly one-of-a-kind in that it provides before and after (bereavement and widowhood) longitudinal research-based knowledge previously unavailable. Also unique to this book is the authors discussions of the implications of their work to issues of practice and policy. The authors challenge many long-lasting and strongly held assumptions about the ways older adults adapt to widowhood and stimulate critical thinking that inspires new questions. This book will serve as a foundation for many new investigations of bereavement and widowhood and set a new standard for rigorous research and thought."

- Dale A. Lund, PhD, Professor, Center on Aging, University of Utah

"The study known as "Changing Lives of Older Couples," or CLOC, is one of the most innovative, revealing studies of late life and bereavement ever conducted. It tracked older adults through the last decades of their lives, first meeting them when they were relatively healthy, then following them as they aged, became ill, and dealt with grief and loss. This study provides one of the richest, most empirically valid pictures of older adulthood available in the literature. And now Deborah Carr, Randolf Nesse, and Camile Wortman have compiled results from the CLOC study into one volume that will be useful to researchers, theorists, and clinicians. Among the many contributions of the CLOC study is the shattering of myths about grief and bereavement - how people grieve and what is adaptive or maladaptive in grief. The findings of CLOC have already reshaped bereavement theories. The results and analysis presented in this book should have far-reaching effects on clinical practice and on social policies for health care and support of older adults."

- Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Professor, Department of Psychology Yale University

"Take the most sophisticated design you can imagine to study spousal bereavement and you have the Changing Lives of Older Couples (CLOC) Study. This study follows older couples over time, before and after the death of a spouse, and allows a comparison of bereaved and matched non-bereaved controls. This book, based on the CLOC data, places the bereavement experience in social, psychological, and historical context and presents state-of-the-art work from some of the best social scientists studying bereavement today."

- Debra Umberson, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Texas.

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This volume provides insightful analysis and theoretical interpretation of factors that contribute to a range of adjustment patterns among bereaved persons in late life. It places the experience of widowhood in late life squarely within the context of contemporary society and explores a remarkable range of associated issues. The volume is destined to become a classic; it will set the standard for future empirical investigation of the experience of bereavement among older adults.

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