PERSONALITY AND RESPONSES TO LIFE EVENTS IN THE ELDERLY

Project Details

Description

This Clinical Mental Health Academic Award (CMHAA-K07) will assist the
applicant's development as an educator and investigator in the
contribution of personality processes and life events to mental health
in the elderly. The applicant will initiate a series of studies designed
to extend his work in suicidal populations to another common life
circumstance of the elderly--bereavement. In this study, the spouses of
lung cancer patients seen at the University of Rochester Cancer Center
will be followed prospectively. Data will be collected shortly after a
spouse has entered treatment for lung cancer, and 6 months, 18 months,
and 37 months after the spouse's death. The aims of this study are (1)
to describe the subjects' Axis I diagnoses, level of depression (assessed
via self-report and clinical ratings), and level of functioning
throughout the study period and to compare bereaved spouses six months
after loss with a married comparison sample; (2) to test the hypothesized
association between prebereavement personality and postbereavement
outcome; (3) to examine the relationship between personality and social
support; and (4) to describe the subjects' responses to specific
personality measures throughout the study period. As well, the applicant
will examine similar questions using data collected in a prospective
survey study of elderly couples in the Detroit area (n=1,532).
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date12/1/9411/30/00

Funding

  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institute of Mental Health

ASJC

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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