Towards a cognitive-behavioural intervention for adult grief reactions

Kavanagh, David J. (1990) Towards a cognitive-behavioural intervention for adult grief reactions. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 157(3), pp. 373-383.

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Published accounts of behavioural interventions for grief have relied on exposure and habituation to grief cues as the primary strategy. Such an approach is excessively narrow, since it does not adequately confront the challenges that are posed by a bereavement. Many people cope with a bereavement by themselves, and for those, intervention may well be counterproductive. A cognitive-behavioural intervention, following models for depression/anxiety, can assist vulnerable individuals obtain a more rapid or complete adjustment. The proposed approach differs from dynamic treatments by placing less emphasis on defensive behavior, insight, and interpretation and more emphasis on training of coping skills.

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ID Code: 28948
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional URLs:
DOI: 10.1192/bjp.157.3.373
ISSN: 0007-1250
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1990 Royal College of Psychiatrists
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2009 06:24
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 14:12

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