Coping With Spousal Loss: Potential Buffering Effects of Self-Reported Helping Behavior

  title={Coping With Spousal Loss: Potential Buffering Effects of Self-Reported Helping Behavior},
  author={Stephanie L. Brown and R. Michael Brown and James S. House and Dylan M. Smith},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={849 - 861}
The present study examined the role of self-reported helping behavior in attenuating the helper's depression following spousal loss. Using archival data from the Changing Lives of Older Couples sample (N = 289), the study shows that among bereaved participants who had experienced high loss-related grief, helping behavior (providing instrumental support to others) was associated with an accelerated decline in depressive symptoms for the helper from 6 months to 18 months following spousal loss… 

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