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Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral

Print version ISSN 0864-2125On-line version ISSN 1561-3038


PEREZ CARDENAS, Clara  and  LUIS BRAVO, Pedro. Aspects of interest for the widowed persons' life. Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2005, vol.21, n.3-4. ISSN 0864-2125.

The results of a descriptive cross-sectional research carried out at "Dr. Mario Escalona Reguera" Teaching Polyclinic, in Alamar, are showed in this article aimed at dealing with what happens when one of the spouses giving origin to the families included in this study die and, therefore, they live the evolutive stage of dissolution as a group. To this end, the family cards of the family physician's offices corresponding to a Basic Working Group were reviewed. 60 families that fulfilled all the previously established inclusion requirements were investigated. The interview was used as a technique to collect information. It was made with the previous consent of the person that had lost his/her spouse. Among the most important results, it was found that widowhood is faced by a greater number of women and that in general most of the interviewed did not expect their mate's death. The family is stressed as the main network of support at this stage, which is very difficult. The mood disorders related to the loss of the spouse are more referred to by females.

Keywords : Family; family dissolution stage.

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