Spousal Bereavement in Older Adults: Common, Resilient, and Chronic Grief With Defining Characteristics

@article{Ott2007SpousalBI,
  title={Spousal Bereavement in Older Adults: Common, Resilient, and Chronic Grief With Defining Characteristics},
  author={Carol H. Ott and Robert J. Lueger and Sheryl T. Kelber and Holly Gwen Prigerson},
  journal={The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease},
  year={2007},
  volume={195},
  pages={332-341}
}
The purpose of this study was to identify empirically patterns of grief among 141 older bereaved spouses. A longitudinal hierarchical cluster procedure with the Ward agglomeration method was used to identify distinct clusters based on grief scores. Three clusters were identified: common (49%), resilient (34%), and chronic (17%) grief. Members of the common grief cluster experienced elevated levels of grief and depressive symptoms that decreased over time. Members of the resilient cluster… Expand
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