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Bereavement effects on mortality risk were investigated in 1150 randomly selected participants, aged 60-104, in the Swedish National Study of Aging and Care.

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Having lost a child, spouse or both child and spouse did not predict mortality risk. An indirect link between bereavement and mortality was found showing for each year since loss the mortality risk decreased by about 1%. Neuroticism, but not conscientiousness, was associated with mortality risk, with a small-effect size.


The different bereavements did not predict mortality risk while an indirect link was found showing that mortality risk decreased with time.

PhD Anna Bratt

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This page is a summary of: The role of neuroticism and conscientiousness on mortality risk in older adults after child and spouse bereavement, Aging & Mental Health, April 2015, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2015.1031638.
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