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Title: Chinese widowers' self-perception of growth: An exploratory study
Authors: Woo, I.M.H. 
Chan, C.L.W.
Chow, A.Y.M.
Ho, R.T.H.
Keywords: Chinese widowers
Conjugal death
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Woo, I.M.H., Chan, C.L.W., Chow, A.Y.M., Ho, R.T.H. (2008). Chinese widowers' self-perception of growth: An exploratory study. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care 3 (4) : 47-67. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Presence of growth after traumatic events was introduced to the academic community about a decade ago (Tedeschi Calhoun, 1995). From the conventionally neglected perspective of Chinese widowers, this paper reports seventeen Chinese widowers' views on growth after conjugal loss. Findings seem to suggest that Chinese widowers would define growth as human learning, a definition probably influenced by Confucian teachings. Furthermore, contrary to claims made by Tedeschi and Calhoun (2004), it was found that growth may occur for some individuals without the presence of distress if the individuals have either a stable philosophy of life and death or optimism to buffer their distress or a sense of responsibility to suppress their distress.
Source Title: Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
ISSN: 15524256
DOI: 10.1080/15524250802003422
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