Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Morton O. Wagenfeld

Second Advisor

Dr. Timothy Diamond

Third Advisor

Dr. Debra Lindstrom Hazel

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose for this study is to discover if a feature of personality, the Sense of Coherence, is a factor in the adjustment of women to widowhood. It has been suggested that women with a strong Sense of Coherence (SOC) will use adaptive behaviors and resources in their transition to widowhood. My observation at the church I attend is the reason for this inquiry.

The method used in this research is a questionnaire administered at six senior centers of Senior Services Inc., in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A sample (n tested. 50) of widowed women were tested.

A questionnaire was administered to a total of 50 widowed women selected from six senior service centers in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A significant relationship was found between a strong SOC and depression and loss of self.

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