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This chapter reports on finding from a study of ethnic older men, aged 65 an older (Jewish, Irish, and Italian) who were widowed from 2 to 8 years after a long-term study. It focuses on life reorganization after the initial bereavement period. It identifies key issues in the process concerning continuity and change in identity reformulation, changes in health and activity patterns, ethnic identity and lingering attachment to the deceased spouse. Ethnicity as a dynamic life course process, shaped by contextual and historical dimensions, and personal meaning processes are highlighted. Supported by NIH# R01-AG005204


Anthropology | Community-Based Research | Family, Life Course, and Society | Geriatrics | Health Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychological Phenomena and Processes | Social and Cultural Anthropology


Chapter appeared in: In D. Gelfand & D. Barresi (eds), 1987. Ethnic Dimensions of Aging. NY: Springer.