Behavior: Not So Merry Widowers

The stresses of survival can be a mortal blow

Social scientists have long recognized that few traumas are as hard to bear as the death of a spouse. For the survivor, the intense distress can lead to serious psychological and physical ailments. Now, a new study of survivors shows that widowhood dramatically raises the chances of death for some survivors —men. The death of a husband has almost no effect on women's mortality rates.

The study, published in the current issue of the American Journal of Public Health, was conducted by three researchers from the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public...

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