Gay Widows -- The Journal Literature

[Note: Badly out of date now, I'm afraid. I'll work on updating this list before the end of the current calendar year. -- 9/24/07]

The following results are from a search of the PsycInfo database on Friday, October 26, 2001. The subject headings "male homosexuality" and "grief" in combination yielded 78 results. Not all of the citations were relevant, e.g.:

-- A chapter on "men grieving the effects of homophobia" in Men Coping with Grief (Amityville, NY: Baywood, 2001).

-- An article on internalized homophobia, pathological grief and high risk sexual behavior appearing in a 1998 issue of Journal of Sex Education & Therapy.

The newest articles date from 2001. The first article dealing with bereavement among lovers of AIDS victims appeared in 1986. Prior to the 1986 article there is only ONE additional reference, a literature review published in 1972 (prior to the declassification of homosexuality as a mental illness) indicating that "male homosexuality is best correlated with the self-concept of being 'inferior-pitiable.'" (Sigh. We've come a long way, eh? If you want the citation, let me know.)

I've regrouped the articles according to the following headings:

Bereavement / General

Bereavement / HIV

Bereavement / Support

Multiple Losses

Survivor Guilt

In reality, except for the Bereavement / General category, all the rest of the articles are strongly focused on AIDS / HIV-related losses. Citations in each section appear in reverse chronological order.

I'll do a follow-up search of "grief" in combination with "lesbian," "bisexual," "homosexual female," and "transgendered" in the near future. If you have comments or suggestions, please send me e-mail.

Bereavement / General

Gluhoski, Vicki L; Fishman, Baruch; Perry, Samuel W. Moderators of bereavement distress in a gay male sample. Personality and Individual Differences. Vol 23 (5) November 1997, 761-767.

Frost, Joel C. Group psychotherapy with the aging gay male : Treatment of choice. Group. Vol 21 (3) September 1997, 267-285.

Weiss, Robert S; Richards, T. Anne. A scale for predicting quality of recovery following the death of a partner. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Vol. 72 (4) April 1997, 885-891.

Pennebaker, James W; Mayne, Tracy J; Francis, Marth E. Linguistic predictors of adaptive bereavement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Vol 72 (4) April 1997, 863-871.

Nolen-Hoeksema, Susan; McBride, Angela; Larson, Judith. Rumination and psychological distress among bereaved partners. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Vol. 72 (4) April 1997, 855-862.

Wright, Clare; Coyle, Adrian. Experiences of AIDS-related bereavement among gay men: Implications for care. Mortality. Vol 1 (3) November 1996, 267-282.

Ratigan, Bernard. Working with older gay men. Davies, Dominic (Ed); Neal, Charles (Ed). Pink therapy : A guide for counsellors and therapists working with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients. (pp. 159-169). Bristol, PA: The Open University, 1996.

Bereavement / HIV

Simmons, Larry Edward. The grief experience of HIV-positive gay men who lose partners to AIDS. Dissertation Abstracts International : Section B : the Sciences and Engineering. Vol 60 (3-B), September 1999, 1029.

Campbell, Tomas. AIDS-related death : A review of how bereaved gay men are affected. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. Vol 12 (3) September 1999, 245-252.

Friedman, Joel E. Depression and posttraumatic stress response as outcomes of AIDS-related loss in gay male caregivers. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: the Sciences & Engineering. Vol 59 (1-B) July 1998, 0416.

Folkman, Susan. Introduction to the special section: Use of bereavement narratives to predict well-bing in gay men whose partner died of AIDS--Four theoretical perspectives. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Vol 72 (4) April 1997, 851-854.

Conniff, Laurie Jean. Disclosure of a bereavement experience with supportive feedback vs. no feedback : Effects on the immune system in hiv+ men. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: the Sciences & Engineering. Vol 56 (8-B) February 1996, 4576.

Folkman, Susan; Chesney, Margaret; Collette, Linda; Boccellari, Alicia; Cooke, Molly. Postbereavement depressive mood and its prebereavement predictos in HIV+ and HIV- gay men. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Vol 70 (2) February 1996, 336-348.

Summers, Jacquelyn; Zisook, Sidney; Atkinson, J. Hampton; Sciolla, Andres; et al. Psychiatric morbidity associated with acquired immune deficiency syndrom-related grief resolution. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Vol 183 (6) June 1995, 384-389.

Kemeny, Margaret E; Weiner, Herbert; Duran, Ron; Taylor, Shelley E; et al. Immune system changes after the death of a partner in HIV-positive gay men. Psychosomatic Medicine. Vol 57 (6) November-December 1995, 547-554.

Kemeney, Margaret E; Dean, Laura. Effects of AIDS-related bereavement of HIV progression among New York City gay men. AIDS Education & Prevention. Vol 7 (Supp) 1995, 36-47.

Dworkin, Joan; Kaufer, Dean. Social services and bereavement in the lesbian and gay community. Lloyd, Gary A. (Ed); Kuszelewicz, Mary Ann (Ed). HIV disease : Lesbians, gays and the social services. (pp. 41-60). New York: Harrington Park Press, 1995.

Martin, John L.; Dean, Laura. Bereavement following death from AIDS : Unique problemes, reactions, and special needs. Stroebe, Margaret S. (Ed); Stroebe, Wolfgang (Ed); et al. Handbook of bereavement : Theory, Research and Intervention. (pp. 317-330.) New York: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Martin, John L.; Dean, Laura. Effects of AIDS-related bereavement and HIV-related illness on psychological distress among gay men : A 7-year longitudinal study, 1985-1991. Journal fo Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Vol 61 (1) February 1993, 94-103.

Schwartzberg, Steven S. How HIV-positive gay men make sense of AIDS : Grief, growth and the search for meaning. Dissertation Abstracts International. Vol 53 (6-B) December 1992, 3167-3168.

Fahrenbach, Christine M. AIDS-related loss in uninfected gay men : An exploratory study of the psychological consequences of loss and change. Dissertation Abstracts International. Vol 53 (6-B) December 1992, 3152-3153.

Huber, Jeffrey T. Assisting persons with AIDS : A content analysis of information sources on dying, death, and bereavement for gay males with AIDS. Dissertation Abstracts International. Vol 53 (2-A) August 1993, 337.

Schwartzberg, Steven S. AIDS-related bereavement among gay men : The inadequacy of current theories of grief. Psychotherapy. Vol 29 (3) Fall 1993, 422-429.

Bidgood, Rick. Coping with the trauma of AIDS losses. Land, Helen (Ed). AIDS : A complete guide to psychosocial intervention. (pp. 239-251). Milwaukee, WI: Family Service America, 1992.

Antoni, Michael H; Scheiderman, Neil; LaPierre, Arthur; Bourguignon, Lilly; Fletcher, Mary Ann. Psychoneuroimmunology and stress responses in HIV-1 seropositive and at-risk seronegative men. Schneiderman, Neil (ed); McCabe, Philip (Ed); et al. Stress and diseases processes. Perspectives in behavioral medicine. (pp. 139-163). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1992.

Werner, William E. Gay bereaved partners in the age of AIDS : An investigation into the nature and outcome of their grief experience. Dissertation Abstracts International. Vol 52 (8-B) February 1992, 4485.

Mattison, Andrew M; McWhirter, David P. Emotional impact of AIDS : Male couples and their families. Voller, Bruce R. (Ed); Reinisch, June Machover (Ed); et al. AIDS and sex : An integrated biomedical and biobehavioral approach. (pp. 401-419) New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.

Lennon, Mary C; Martin, John L; Dean, Laura. The influence of social support on AIDS-related grief reaction among gay men. Social Sciences & Medicine. Vol 31 (4) 1990, 477-484.

Golden, Thomas J. The experience of losing one's partner to AIDS : A phenomenological investigation. Dissertation Abstracts International. Vol 50 (10-B) April 1990, 4771.

Martin, John L; Dean, Laura. Risk factors for AIDS-related bereavement in a cohort of homosexual men in New York City. Cooper, Brian (Ed); Helgason, Tomas (Ed). Epidemiology and the prevention of mental disorders. (pp. 170-184). Florence, KY: Taylors & Francis / Routledge, 1989.

Martin, David J. Human immunodeficiency virus infection and the gay community : Counseling and clinical isseus. Journal of Counseling and Devlopment. Vol 68 (1) September-October 1989, 67-72.

Martin, John L. Psychological Consequences of AIDS-related bereavement among gay men. Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology. Vol 56 (6) December 1988, 856-862.

Klein, Sandra J; Fletcher, William. Gay grief : An examination of its uniqueness brought to light by the AIDS crisis. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. Vol 4 (3) Fall 1986, 15-25.

Geis, Sally B; Fuller, Ruth L; Rush, Julian. Lovers of AIDS victims : Psychosocial stresses and counseling needs. Death Studies. Vol 10 (1) 1986, 43-53.

Bereavement / Support Groups

Goodkin, Karl; Blaney, Nancy T; Feaster, Daniel J; Baldewicz, Teri; Burkhalter, jack E; Leeds, Barbara. A randomized controlled clinical trial of a bereavement support group intervention in human immunodeficiency virus type 1-seropositive and -seronegative homosexual men. Archives of General Psychiatry. Vol 56 (1) january 1999, 52-59.

Burkhalter, Jack Eryn. A bereavement support group intervention : Effects on bereavemetn-specifica situational coping of dispositional coping style and situational coping with psychological distress and immune function in bereaved hiv seronegative and seropositive gay men. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: the Sciences and Engineering. Vol 59 (2-B) August 1998, 0865.

Maasen, Thijs. Counselling gay men with multiple loss and survival problems : The bereavement group as a transitional object. AIDS Care. Vol 10 (Suppl 1) April 1998, S57-63.

Goodkin, Karl; Burkhalter, Jack E; Blaney, Nancy T; Leeds, Barbara; Tuttle, Raymond S; Feaster, Daniel J. A research derived bereavement support gropu technique for the HIV-1 infected. Omega - Journal of Death and Dying. Vol 34 (4) 1997, 279-300.

Multiple Losses

Knapp, Annette W; Myer, Rick A. Layers of Grief : Counseling the seropositive gay male. Crisis Intervention and Time-Limited Treatment. Vol 6 (2) 2000, 141-150.

Springer, Carrie A; Lease, Suzanne H. The impact of multiple AIDS-related bereavemnt in the gay male population. Journal of Counseling and Development. Vol 78(3) Summer 2000, 297-304.

Kellerhouse, Bruce. A loss of heart : AIDS-related bereavement in HIV-negative gay men. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: the Sciences & Engineering. Vol 58 (1-B) July 1997, 0418.

Gluhoski, Vicki L; Fishman, Baruch; Perry, Samuel W. The impact of mulitple bereavement in a gay male sample. AIDS Education and Prevention. Vol 9 (6) December 1997, 521-531.

Gartner, Richard B. Managing chronic loss and grief : Contrapuntal needs of an AIDS patient and this therapist. Blechner, Mark J. (Ed). Hope and Mortality : Psychodynamic approaches to AIDS and HIV. (pp. 163-174). Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1997.

Marion, Mark. Living in an era of multiple loss and trauma: Understanding global loss in the gay community. Alexander, Christopher J. (Ed). Gay and lesbian mental health : A sourcebook for practitioners. (pp. 61-93) New York: Harrington park Press, 1996.

Cherney, Paullete M; Verhey, Marilyn P. Grief among gay men associated with multiple losses from AIDS. Death Studies. Vol 20 (2) March-April 1996, 115-132.

Shelby, R. Dennis. Mourning within a culture of mourning. Caldwell, Steven A. (Ed); Burnham, Robert A. Jr. (Ed); et al. Therapists on the front line : Psychotherapy with gay men in the age of AIDS. (pp. 53-79). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press, 1994.

Kemeny, Margaret E.; Weiner, Herbert; Taylor, Shelley E.; Schneider, Steven; et al. Repeated bereavement, depressed mood, and immune parameters in HIV seropositive and seronegative gay men. Healthcare Psychology. Vol 13 (1) January 1994, 14-24.

Schrader, Gregory Neil. A descriptive study of the effects of continuous multiple AIDS-related losses among gay male survivors. Dissertation Abstracts International. Vol 53 (10-B) April 1993, 5454.

Carmack, Betty J. Balancing engagement / detachment in AIDS-related multiple losses. Image -- the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. Vol 24 (1) Spring 1992, 9-14.

Neugebauer, Richard; Rabkin, Judith G; Williams, Janet B; Remien, Robert H; et al. Bereavement reaction among homosexual men experiencing multiple losses in the AIDS epidemic. American Journal of Psychiatry. Vol 149 (10) October 1992, 1374-1379.

Viney, Linda L; Henry, Rachel M; Walker, Beverly M; Crooks, Lavinia. The psychosocial impact of multiple deaths from AIDS. Omega - Journal of Death and Dying. Vol 24 (2) 1991 / 1992, 151-163.

Dean, Larua; Hall, William E; Martin, John L. Chronic and intermittent AIDS : Related bereavement in a panel of homosexual men in New York City. Journal of Palliative Care. Vol 4 (4) December 1988, 54-57.

Survivor Guilt

Jimenez-Sheppard, Cida. Multiple loss and grief in HIV postive and HIV negative gay men : Catastrophic survivor guilt, proneness to survivor guilt, and coping. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: the Sciences & Engineering. Vol 57 (11-B) May 1997, 7227.

Boykin, Fred F. The AIDS crisis and gay male survivor guilt. Smith College Studies in Social Work. Vol 61 (30 June 1993, 247-259.

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