Title

Multiple Role Involvements and the Adjustment to Conjugal Bereavement: An Exploratory Study.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1990

Abstract

Examined the significance of multiple role involvements (RI) for positive adjustment to conjugal bereavement in 49 surviving spouses (aged 24–74 yrs). RI included roles as a parent, employee, friend, student, hobbyist, and participant in social, community, political, and religious organizations. The self-report behavioral measure of RI after bereavement was a better predictor of adjustment than was sex, age, time elapsed from spouse's death, educational attainment, income level, or religiosity. The number of RI was significantly and positively correlated with a sense of purpose in life. RI before the death of the spouse explained most of the variance in the number of current roles.

DOI

10.2190/K8D3-NTBT-KTMF-58CB

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