Stressful life events: Coping and adjustment to separation or loss of spouse

Keren Michael, Hasida Ben-Zur

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A sample of 130 participants (mean age = 49.36, 44.9% males), 52.3% divorced and 47.7% widowed, completed inventories assessing current wellbeing and adjustment, as well as life satisfaction, before and after separation. or loss, and coping strategies used, during separation or loss. Widowed individuals scored higher on life satisfaction before than after the loss, while divorced individuals showed the opposite pattern in relation to separation. Widowed individuals used less problem-focused and less emotion-focused coping than, divorced individuals. High current wellbeing was related positively to dating or living with a new partner, and to the use of problem-focused coping during separation or loss. In conclusion, the results suggest that problem-focused coping and dating after separation, or loss are two important factors in the wellbeing of divorced and widowed persons.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-67
Number of pages15
JournalIllness Crisis and Loss
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007


  • Adjustment
  • Coping
  • Divorce
  • Wellbeing
  • Widowhood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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