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Assessment of Bereavement Reactions and Psychological Well-Being among Bereaving Spouses as a Function of Gender and Type of Death


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The present study aims at assessing the bereavement reactions and psychological well-being of the bereaving spouses as a function of gender and type of death (natural/unnatural). The study was conducted on 45 samples, 16 being from Andhra Pradesh and the remaining 29 from Goa. Tools for data collection included the 8 State Questionnaire, The General Health Questionnaire 28, and Personal Data Sheet. Findings of the study indicate that a significant positive correlation exists among the variables. Nature of death was found to significantly impact the bereavement reactions as well as psychological well-being. Dimensions of guilt, regression, arousal, anxiety and insomnia, and somatic symptoms showed to be consistently significant. Further, adjustment to widowhood does change as a function of nature of death, with thos in the unnatural death group showing greatermal-adjustment than the natural death group. Implications of the research highlight the need to provide immediate as well as sustained therapeutic interventions to the bereaving spouses.

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Bereavement Reactions, Psychological Well-being, Natural Death, Unnatural Death, Bereaving Spouse.
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Deepa P. Nagpal
P. L. Army Navy Stores, Visakhaptnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

Abstract


The present study aims at assessing the bereavement reactions and psychological well-being of the bereaving spouses as a function of gender and type of death (natural/unnatural). The study was conducted on 45 samples, 16 being from Andhra Pradesh and the remaining 29 from Goa. Tools for data collection included the 8 State Questionnaire, The General Health Questionnaire 28, and Personal Data Sheet. Findings of the study indicate that a significant positive correlation exists among the variables. Nature of death was found to significantly impact the bereavement reactions as well as psychological well-being. Dimensions of guilt, regression, arousal, anxiety and insomnia, and somatic symptoms showed to be consistently significant. Further, adjustment to widowhood does change as a function of nature of death, with thos in the unnatural death group showing greatermal-adjustment than the natural death group. Implications of the research highlight the need to provide immediate as well as sustained therapeutic interventions to the bereaving spouses.

Keywords


Bereavement Reactions, Psychological Well-being, Natural Death, Unnatural Death, Bereaving Spouse.