Year: 1991 Source: Psychology and Aging, v.6, no.1, (March 1991), p.67-75 SIEC No: 19910769

This study analyzes 393 elderly adults, divided into groups on the basis of bereavment (spouses who died by natural causes, by suicide & nonbereaved controls), & depression (none, mild & moderate-severe). The moderate-severe depression/suicide subgroup had the greatest psychiatric complications. Elderly persons with significant clinical depression at the time of a spouse’s death were also at significant risk for psychological complications during the bereavement process. (VM)