An Integrative and Socio-Cultural Perspective of Health, Wealth, and Adjustment in Widowhood

Michelle DiGiacomo, Patricia M. Davidson, Julie Byles, Marie T. Nolan

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Abstract

Women comprise a larger proportion of the ageing population than men, often outlive their spouses, and face a variety of challenges upon widowhood. Discrete aspects of the health impact of widowhood have been described in the literature; however, the expanse of sociocontextual issues that impact on older women's adjustment is less prominent. We undertook a literature review to synthesize recent research and interventions and identify current trends and gaps in knowledge and services. Although many health, social, cultural, and economic factors impact on recently widowed older women throughout the world, we found that few interventions targeting this population incorporate these factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1067-1083
Number of pages17
JournalHealth care for women international
Volume34
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions(all)

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