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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/153778
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Narratives of Midlife Widows: A Qualitative Study
Abstract:
Narratives of Midlife Widows: A Qualitative Study
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2004
Conference Date:July 22-24, 2004
Author:Scannell-Desch, Elizabeth, PhD, RN, OCNS
P.I. Institution Name:Rutgers University
Title:Assistant Professor
Objective: To describe the lived experience and meaning of widowhood for middle-aged (35-60 years) women widows. Specific aims: describe the experience and meaning of widowhood for mid-life widows; describe how personal, cultural, social, and spiritual beliefs and values shaped their experience and interpretation of widowhood; and identify patterns of widowhood for this group. Design: Qualitative using phenomenological inquiry Population, Sample, Setting, Year: Women widows ages 35-60 years; ten widows; Northeastern USA; 2003. Concept Studied: Description of widowhood experience for mid-life widows. Methods: Purposive sample using ‘snowball’ technique, in-depth face-to-face 90 minute audio-taped interviews using seven broad-based questions. Data transcriptions were analyzed using constant comparative method. Findings: Findings revealed these women struggled to re-create ‘a new normal’ in their lives; were surprised to find significant inner strength and resiliency in themselves; found greater support in bereavement groups than in family or social networks; and found their social milieu greatly changed. Most described a lack of peers, and voiced surprise at the degree to which society revolves around couple-related activities. Those without financial stresses described themselves as more confident about their future than those who discussed financial worries. Widows experiencing sudden death of their husbands described somewhat different stressors from those widows whose husbands died from chronic illness. Conclusions: Widowhood can be a profoundly stressful experience. Mid-life widows often describe no discernable peer group, and view themselves as isolated, financially-challenged, but resilient. Community and church-related bereavement networks can provide timely support for widows, especially for those who do not find adequate support in familial networks. Implications: Nursing is a holistic profession that needs to address not only end-of-life issues for the dying, but bereavement, health, and social issues of survivors. Nurses can play a primary role in listening to, and counseling widows, as well as in case-finding and in making appropriate referrals.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
22-Jul-2004
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleNarratives of Midlife Widows: A Qualitative Studyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/153778-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Narratives of Midlife Widows: A Qualitative Study</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">July 22-24, 2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Scannell-Desch, Elizabeth, PhD, RN, OCNS</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Rutgers University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Bethdesch@aol.com</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: To describe the lived experience and meaning of widowhood for middle-aged (35-60 years) women widows. Specific aims: describe the experience and meaning of widowhood for mid-life widows; describe how personal, cultural, social, and spiritual beliefs and values shaped their experience and interpretation of widowhood; and identify patterns of widowhood for this group. Design: Qualitative using phenomenological inquiry Population, Sample, Setting, Year: Women widows ages 35-60 years; ten widows; Northeastern USA; 2003. Concept Studied: Description of widowhood experience for mid-life widows. Methods: Purposive sample using &lsquo;snowball&rsquo; technique, in-depth face-to-face 90 minute audio-taped interviews using seven broad-based questions. Data transcriptions were analyzed using constant comparative method. Findings: Findings revealed these women struggled to re-create &lsquo;a new normal&rsquo; in their lives; were surprised to find significant inner strength and resiliency in themselves; found greater support in bereavement groups than in family or social networks; and found their social milieu greatly changed. Most described a lack of peers, and voiced surprise at the degree to which society revolves around couple-related activities. Those without financial stresses described themselves as more confident about their future than those who discussed financial worries. Widows experiencing sudden death of their husbands described somewhat different stressors from those widows whose husbands died from chronic illness. Conclusions: Widowhood can be a profoundly stressful experience. Mid-life widows often describe no discernable peer group, and view themselves as isolated, financially-challenged, but resilient. Community and church-related bereavement networks can provide timely support for widows, especially for those who do not find adequate support in familial networks. Implications: Nursing is a holistic profession that needs to address not only end-of-life issues for the dying, but bereavement, health, and social issues of survivors. Nurses can play a primary role in listening to, and counseling widows, as well as in case-finding and in making appropriate referrals.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:30:35Z-
dc.date.issued2004-07-22en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:30:35Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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