The effects of widowhood on physical and mental health, health behaviors, and health outcomes: The Women's Health Initiative.

@article{Wilcox2003TheEO,
  title={The effects of widowhood on physical and mental health, health behaviors, and health outcomes: The Women's Health Initiative.},
  author={Sara Wilcox and Kelly R Evenson and Aaron Aragaki and Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller and Charles P. Mouton and Barbara Lee Loevinger},
  journal={Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association},
  year={2003},
  volume={22 5},
  pages={513-22}
}
This study examined whether widowhood was associated with physical and mental health, health behaviors, and health outcomes using a cross-sectional (N=72,247) and prospective (N=55,724) design in women aged 50-79 years participating in the Women's Health Initiative observational study (85.4% White). At baseline, married women reported better physical and mental health and generally better health behaviors than widowed women. Whereas women who remained married over the 3-year period showed… CONTINUE READING

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