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The diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder is generally not given unless the symptoms are still present 2 months after the loss." Heyman & Gianturco found that long term adjustment to bereavement was generally characterized by emotional stability, stable social networks, few life changes and few bereavement-related health deficits.
All these constructs are equally relevant to gay widowers.
All surviving partners regardless of sexual orientation experience certain psychosocial and intrapsychic reactions.
In addition, gay men face unique stressors that complicate bereavement. Defining trauma: Terminology and generic stressor dimensions.
Even though gay men experienced the death of partners before the onset of HIV disease, and the AIDS epidemic has brought increased attention to the plight of gay male widowers, there is very little research on the specifics of how gay widowers mourn and what is required for them to adjust to their bereaved state in an adaptive way. For all men, widowerhood needs to be viewed as both a social and intrapsychic phenomenon. New York: Oxford University Press 1996: 36,116, 168, 82. Rubinstein described widowerhood as: "a social role, produced by the transition from married status to nonmarried by the death of a spouse. Glick et al found that widowers moved more quickly than widows into dating and eventual remarriage. Some gay widowers begin dating soon after the death of their partner and others do not.