Emotional Well-Being in Recently Bereaved Widows: A Dynamical Systems Approach. Bisconti, T. L., Bergeman, C. S., & Boker, S. M. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci, 59:158–167, 2004.
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A dynamical systems approach was used to model the intraindividual variability in emotional well-being following conjugal loss. Well-being in a sample of 19 recently bereaved older adult widows was measured every day for 3 months. The pattern of variability of well-being was hypothesized to be an oscillating process that damps across time (i.e., large swings followed by a gradual damping). Results indicated that there was significant patterned variability in the emotional well-being adjustment that can be modeled by a linear oscillator model (R2 =.77), in addition to an overall positive trend. Applying dynamical systems analyses to capture variability and subsequent well-being trajectories following spousal loss is an important step in delineating the complex adjustment to widowhood.
@article{bisconti_emotional_2004,
	title = {Emotional {Well}-{Being} in {Recently} {Bereaved} {Widows}: {A} {Dynamical} {Systems} {Approach}},
	volume = {59},
	shorttitle = {Emotional {Well}-{Being} in {Recently} {Bereaved} {Widows}},
	url = {http://psychsoc.gerontologyjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/59/4/P158},
	abstract = {A dynamical systems approach was used to model the intraindividual variability in emotional well-being following conjugal loss. Well-being in a sample of 19 recently bereaved older adult widows was measured every day for 3 months. The pattern of variability of well-being was hypothesized to be an oscillating process that damps across time (i.e., large swings followed by a gradual damping). Results indicated that there was significant patterned variability in the emotional well-being adjustment that can be modeled by a linear oscillator model (R2 =.77), in addition to an overall positive trend. Applying dynamical systems analyses to capture variability and subsequent well-being trajectories following spousal loss is an important step in delineating the complex adjustment to widowhood.},
	urldate = {2008-11-05},
	journal = {J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci},
	author = {Bisconti, T. L. and Bergeman, C. S. and Boker, S. M.},
	year = {2004},
	keywords = {differential equations, dynamical systems, local linear approximation, multilevel, oscillation, state space, surrogate data test},
	pages = {158--167}
}

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