Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2018)
Mental health among widowed women in northern India
Author(s): Sariya Sultan Khan, Mohd. Ilyas khan
Abstract: Losing one’s spouse provokes important life changes and these changes are known to have profound effects on well-being of the widow/widower. Widowhood often is accompanied by emotional distress, compromised health behaviors, possibility of inconvenient residential relocations and economic strains triggered by both the direct costs of medical care and end of income (in case of a head of family/working spouse). Even in the present scenario in India, where considerable modernization; technological development has taken place on one hand there competition and the problems of widows have increased on the other. This probably leads to extreme frustration amongst them, resulting in stress, anxiety and other forms of maladaptive behaviors if their pattern of reactions to these situations is not appropriate. It is seen that lower levels of loneliness are found in marriages of highly educated individuals and individuals having high income. Whereas higher levels of loneliness are observed with individuals living alone, in less contact with friends and family, having physical health symptoms, small social network, poor quality social relationships, divorce and widowhood.