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Indian Widows: Coping Styles, Mental Health and Personal Adjustment

Manju Mehta (Author) Rashmi Chowdhry (Author) Usha Kulshreshta (Author)
Synopsis BEREAVEMENT, especially the loss of spouse, has a severe impact on the psychological and social well-being of women. Loss of spouse has a strong impact on their personal and social adjustment, health, and life satisfaction. In the Indian social Scenario, where widows are excluded from full participation in society and have to perform many rituals, the condition of widows becomes all the more miserable. The upliftment of widows is one of the priority areas under women empowerment for both governmental and social agencies. In such a scenario, to understand the psycho-dynamics of widowhood is of great importance. The present book is an attempt in this direction with special focus on middle-aged educated widows, a relatively less attended section of widows. An attempt is made to see the effect of widowhood on repression-sensitisation tendency, ways of coping, mental health, and personal adjustment. The book also includes a research study to narrate the effects, scientifically, on working as well as non-working widows. An effort is being made to compare working and non-working widows with working and non-working married women. The book provides some valuable hints for social planners and policy makers for developing strategies and tactics for helping widows in their readjustment. It is useful for counselors, family members, well-wishers and all those who are concerned with the welfare and upliftment of widows.
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About the authors

Manju Mehta

Manju Mehta is Professor and former Head, Department of Psychology, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. She obtained her Master's degree in Psychology in 1972 and Ph.d. (Psychology) in 1977 from the University of Rajasthan. Her fields of interest and specialisation are Vocational Psychology, Motivation, Developmental Psychology, Counselling and Guidance, Stress Management, working Women and Girls. She has contributed a number of research papers in these field and carried out tow research projects. She has guided many student for doctora, M.Phil. and M.A. theses. At present a number of research students are working for their Ph.D. degrees under her guidance. She has published four books, namely Managing Vocational Information; Motivation, Education and Social Environment; Adolescent Psychology and Hot Career Options. She has also published a number of Psychological Measurement Tools. She is especially concerned about adolescent growth and developmetn and issues involving the upliftment of women and girls. She is an active member of the Rajasthan University Women's Association (RUWA) and presently serving as Convenor of its Family Counselling Centre. She is also a member of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Women's Studies, University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.

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Rashmi Chowdhry

Rashmi Chowdhry is an M.A. (gold medallist) and Ph.D. in Psychology from the university of Rajasthan, Jaipur, and working in the same university as Assistant professor. She is a co-investigator of one research project and has also worked in one ICSSR research project. Several research papers and one research tool are also to her credit

Usha Kulshreshta

Usha Kulshreshta is Associate Professor of Psychology, university of rajasthan, japipur. She received her M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology from the university of rajasthan. She has published a number of research articles in reputed professional journals. She has guided a number of students for doctoral dissertations and at present several are working for their Ph.D. degrees under her guidance.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Widows: Coping Styles, Mental Health and Personal Adjustment
Format Hardcover
Date published: 22.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Pointer Publishers
Language: English
isbn 8171324509
length viii+135p., Tables; Bibliography; 23cm.