The Widowhood Effect


Around 245 million women around the world are widows. Cristen and Caroline examine the history of widowhood, societal treatment toward widowed women, and how men and women process spousal loss differently.

Episode sources:

"Between Poverty And The Pyre. Moments In The History Of Widowhood" by Jan Bremmer and Lourens Van Den Bosch. 2002. Taylor & Francis. http://books.google.com/books/about/Between_Poverty_and_the_Pyre.html?id=uA40d4la4ucC

"Navigating the dating scene when you're young, and widowed" by Richard Asa. Feb. 07, 2012. Chicago Tribune. http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-02-07/features/sc-fam-0207-dating-widow-20120207_1_widows-and-widowers-carole-brody-fleet-deceased-spouse

"Scrape Her Head and Lay Her Bare -- Widowhood Practices and Culture" by Osai Ojigho. Oct. 28, 2011. Gender Across Borders. http://www.genderacrossborders.com/2011/10/28/scrape-her-head-and-lay-her-bare-widowhood-practices-and-culture/

"Unmarried and Single Americans Week Sept. 15- 21, 2013." U.S. Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff21.html

"'Widowhood effect' strongest during first three months" by Shereen Jegtvig. Nov. 14, 2013. Reuters. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/14/us-widowhood-effect-idUSBRE9AD0VU20131114

"Widowhood in Medieval and Early Modern Europe" edited by Sandra Cavallo and Lyndan Warner. 1999. Routledge. http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/review/165

"Widowhood: Invisible women, secluded or excluded." United Nations. http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/public/wom_Dec%2001%20single%20pg.pdf

"Widowhood: Why women Need To Talk About This Issues." Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement. http://www.wiserwomen.org/index.php?id=274&page=Widowhood:_Why_Women_Need_to_Talk_About_This_Issue

"UC Research Uncovers How Single and Widowed Women Shaped the Religious Culture of Colonial Latin America" by Dawn Fuller. Jan. 01, 2013. University of Cincinnati. http://www.uc.edu/news/NR.aspx?id=17092

Academic Insights:

"African Widowhood Rites: A Bane or Boon For the African Woman" by I.K. Tasie Georgie. January 2013. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. http://www.ijhssnet.com/journals/Vol_3_No_1_January_2013/18.pdf

"Association Between Widowhood and Risk of Diagnosis With a Sexually Transmitted Infection in Older Adults" by Kirsten P. Smith and Nicholas A. Chrisatkis. November 2009. American Journal of Public Health. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19762656

"Dating and remarriage over the first two years of widowhood" by DS Schneider et al. June 1996. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8807029

"Investigating the Mechanism of Marital Mortality Reduction: The Transition to Widowhood and Quality of Health Care" by Lei Jin and Nicholas A. Chrisatkis. August 2009. Demography. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2831346/

"Lasting Welfare Effects of Widowhood in Mali" by Dominique van be Walle. November 2013. World Development. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0305750X13001174

"Predictors of psychological reactions during the early stages of widowhood" by S. Zisook; SR Shuchter; and LE Lyons. September 1987. Psychiatric Clinic of North America. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3684745

"Psychological Aspects of Widowhood and Divorce" by J.K. Trivedi et al. 2009. Mens Sana Monograph. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3151454/

"Widowhood and Depression: Explaining Long-Term Gender Differences in Vulnerability" by Debra Umberson, Camille B. Wortman and Ronald C. Kessler. March 1992. Journal of Health and Social Behavior. https://campus.fsu.edu/bbcswebdav/institution/academic/social_sciences/sociology/Reading%20Lists/Mental%20Health%20Readings/Umberson-HealthSocial-1992.pdf

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