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Exploring the Most Important Negative Life Events in Older Adults Bereaved of Child, Spouse, or Both
Linnéuniversitetet, SWE.
Linnéuniversitetet, SWE.
Blekinge Institute of Technology, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Health.
2018 (English)In: Omega, ISSN 0030-2228, E-ISSN 1541-3764, Vol. 76, no 3, 227-236 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Losing a child or a spouse is described as the worst of experiences. However, it is not known whether older adults bereaved of a child, spouse, or both child and spouse experience these losses as among the most important negative events in their lifetime. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the 1,437 older adults bereaved of a child, spouse, or both included in the southern part of the Swedish National Study of Aging and Care mentioned these losses when asked about their three most important negative life events. Gender differences in their choices of important negative life events were also explored. About 70% of those bereaved of a child or a spouse mentioned these losses as among their three most important negative life experiences. In the child-and-spouse-bereaved group, 48% mentioned both the loss of their child and spouse, while 40% mentioned either the loss of a child or a spouse. Gender differences were only found in the child-and-spouse-bereaved group, with a few more women mentioning the loss of the child but not the spouse, and the men showing the opposite pattern. © The Author(s) 2016.

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SAGE Publications Inc. , 2018. Vol. 76, no 3, 227-236 p.
Keyword [en]
bereavement, child and spouse loss, negative life events, older adults, aged, aging, child, female, human, life event, major clinical study, male, personal experience, sex difference, spouse
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-15736DOI: 10.1177/0030222816642453ISI: 000418863000002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85039459209OAI: oai:DiVA.org:bth-15736DiVA: diva2:1172848
Available from: 2018-01-11 Created: 2018-01-11 Last updated: 2018-01-11Bibliographically approved

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