Time use and well-being in older widows: Adaptation and resilience

Elizabeth A. Hahn, Kelly E. Cichy, David M. Almeida, William E. Haley

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Research on widowhood mostly emphasizes negative outcomes, but some studies suggest widows are resilient. This study evaluated the in-depth daily experiences of older widows compared to married women. Participants included 75 widows and 125 married women from the National Study of Daily Experiences II, who completed daily diaries over 8 days. For long-term widows, there were no differences compared to married women in daily and general well-being, and a few differences in time use. Results add to the literature by using daily diary data to illustrate the general resilience of older women many years after the death of a spouse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-159
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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