The bereavement response : a cluster analysis

Middleton, Warwick, Burnett, Paul C., Raphael, Beverley, & Martinek, Nada (1996) The bereavement response : a cluster analysis. British Journal of Psychiatry, 169(2), pp. 167-171.

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BACKGROUND: Literature and clinical experience suggest that some people experience atypical, complicated or pathological bereavement reactions in response to a major loss. METHOD: Three groups of community-based bereaved subjects--spouses (n = 44), adult children (n = 40), and parents (n = 36)--were followed up four times in the 13 months after a loss. A 17-item scale of core bereavement times was developed and used to investigate the intensity of the bereavement response over time. RESULTS: Cluster analysis revealed a pattern of bereavement-related symptoms approximating a syndrome of chronic grief in 11 (9.2%) of the 120 subjects. None of the respondents displayed a pattern consistent with delayed or absent grief. CONCLUSIONS: In a non-clinical community sample of bereaved people, delayed or absent grief is infrequently seen, unlike chronic grief, which is demonstrated in a minority.

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ID Code: 27884
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Bereavement, Response, Spouses, Adult-Children, Parents
ISSN: 0007-1250
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 Royal College of Psychiatrists
Deposited On: 12 Oct 2009 22:18
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:00

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