Trait Resilience And Bereavement

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The research conducted was used to gain more knowledge into how an individual handles bereavement based on life satisfaction leading up to the loss. It was the authors intentions to explore various factors leading up to widowhood that affects the surviving spouses ability to overcome and move on from this tragic life event. The death of a spouse or close loved one is probably one of the hardest situations you will be faced with during your life time. Studies have been conducted on bereavement, but most of the cases only focus on the time period following the loss, leaving little know about the effects that pre-loss conditions may contribute to post loss quality of life and coping strategies. In some cases, the spouse that passes away is …show more content…
Trait resilience and marital strain were two major factors examined on top of how positive emotional decline is halted after being relieved of the stressful situation they were exposed to. For example, the timing of the event, current financial status, support from friends and family, and attachment. Using data from previous studies as well, the authors are attempting to understand how much trait resilience and the martial relationship affects positive emotional adjustments when faced with this significant life …show more content…
The authors used data from the National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States to gain a baseline, beginning with reviewing pre-loss and post loss factors. They also set out to use better control groups, which were scarce in previous studies. Previous studies were also conducted in a clinical setting, so this time the data was collected by speaking directly with the individual via phone interviews. A questionnaire was also completed by individuals agreeing to take part in the study, which was conducted in two waves at 1995-1996 and 2004-2006. One-hundred and thirty-two adults ranging between twenty-five and seventy-four were used for this study. These individuals were grouped by those recently widowed, and those unmarried at time of recruitment.
With the use of limited control factors related to post loss depression and demographic factors, the study revealed widows whom reported stress in the marriage at the beginning of the study had better emotional transitions compared to people who viewed their marriage as very loving or at least ordinary in their mind. Other factors can also affect the situation such as whether the death was sudden and unplanned or was it at drawn out illness. Family members also feel a sign of relief when a loved one passes if that loved one suffered for a prolonged period of

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