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Religion and emotional compensation: results from a prospective study of widowhood.
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PMID:  15359019     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Based on recent applications of attachment theory to religion, the authors predicted that the loss of a spouse would cause widowed individuals to increase the importance of their religious/spiritual beliefs. This hypothesis was examined using the Changing Lives of Older Couples sample from which preloss measures of religiosity were available for widowed individuals and matched controls. A total of 103 widowed individuals provided follow-up data, including reports of religious beliefs and grief, at 6 months, 24 months, and 48 months after the loss. Results indicated that widowed individuals were more likely than controls to increase their religious/spiritual beliefs. This increase was associated with decreased grief but did not influence other indicators of adjustment such as depression. Finally, insecure individuals were most likely to benefit from increasing the importance of their beliefs. Results are discussed in terms of the potential value of applying psychological theory to the study of religion.
Stephanie L Brown; Randolph M Nesse; James S House; Rebecca L Utz
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Personality & social psychology bulletin     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0146-1672     ISO Abbreviation:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Publication Date:  2004 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-10     Completed Date:  2005-02-02     Revised Date:  2011-02-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7809042     Medline TA:  Pers Soc Psychol Bull     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1165-74     Citation Subset:  IM    
Institute for Social Research, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Aged, 80 and over
Compensation and Redress*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Psychological Theory
Religion and Psychology*
Widowhood / psychology*
Grant Support
K01-MH065423/MH/NIMH NIH HHS; R01-AG15948-01A1/AG/NIA NIH HHS

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