The volume examines two communities in Canada, a Florida retirement community, and communities in Ohio, Nebraska, and California, as well as the relative situations of homeowners, blacks, and poor ethnic populations.
List of Tables ix Preface xi Part I. Relatively Homogeneous Populations 1. Widows: North American Perspectives / Helena Znaniecka Lopata 3 2. American After Lives: Widowhood in Community Context / Christine L. Fry and Lauree Garvin 32 3. Attachment to Home and Support Systems of Older Widows in Columbus, OH / Shirley L. O'Bryant 48 4. Widows in a Florida Retirement Community / Anne Victoria Neale 71 5. The Influence of Religion on the Subjective Well-Being of the Widowed / Rubye Wilkerson Beck 95 6. Widows in Urban Nebraska: Their Informal Support Systems / Trudy B. Anderson 109 Part II. Comparisons and Contrasts 7. Support Systems for American Black Wives and Widows / Jessyna M. McDonald 139 8. Comparison of the Needs and Support Systems of Remarried and Nonremarried Widows / Margaret Gentry, Linda Rosenman, and Arthur D. Schulman 158 9. Widowhood as the Next Stage in the Life Course / Phyllis Silverman 171 10. Widowhood Among Low-Income Racial and Ethnic Groups in California / Anabel O. Pelham and William F. Clark 191 Part III. The Big Picture 11. Support Systems of Widows in Canada / Anne Marie Matthews 225 12. Activities, Religiosity, and Morale of Canadian Widowed Persons / Carol D. H. Harvey, Gordon E. Barnes, Leonard J. Greenwood, Rose Kabahenda-Nyakabwa 251 13. Brief Conclusions / Helena Zaniecka Lopata 273 About Our Contributors 279 Notes 283 Index 307