Bereavement and complicated grief across the life span

TitreBereavement and complicated grief across the life span
Type de publicationBook Chapter
Year of Publication2015
AuteursZnoj, H
ÉditeurWright, JD
Book TitleInternational encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences
Place PublishedAmsterdam, The Netherlands
Mots-clésanxiety, bereavement, CGD, cognitive restructuring, complicated grief, CR, depression, diagnosis, diagnostic criteria, emotion regulation, grief, HPA-axis, life event, life span, post-traumatic stress disorder, prolonged grief disorder, psychological intervention, psychotherapy, PTSD

Loss can be seen as a normative life event; nevertheless for most individuals, the experience of the loss of a loved one is extremely stressful. The grief reaction is universal but shaped by cultural norms and individual expectations; grief may also become a serious health problem. The aim of this article is to review the consequences of grief as well as explanations and treatment of complicated grief disorder. Five areas are identified to be of importance to clinicians and researchers: (1) grief reactions, (2) models of grief, (3) bereavement across the life span, (4) diagnostic criteria, and (5) treatment for complicated grief.