Year: 1994 Source: Omega, v.29, no.1, (1994), p.71-87 SIEC No: 19940283

Adaptation patterns over the first 18 months of bereavement, represented by levels of subjective stress & depression, were identified in 114 widows & 45 widowers. They included: low-stable, high-stable, ascending, & descending distress. A single function discriminated between courses of adaptation. Inspection of correlating variables (anticipatory grief, concurrent stressors, social & spiritual support) suggested it represented the person’s ability to cope with bereavement stress. (37 refs.)