Passing over: Identity transition in widows

Cheryl Cheek

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This qualitative study of nine women examined the changes in their everyday lives as they cared for their terminally-ill husbands and after their husbands died. It also studied how the women coped with these changes, and how their coping contributed to their identity change from wife to widow. Symbolic interaction was utilized to study the changes in their social relationships, time usage, and the utilization of everyday objects. Initially, these changes eroded identity stability, but the women's efforts to deal with them contributed to the development of new skills, interests, and ultimately, new identities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-364
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aging
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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