Public attitudes about normal and pathological grief. Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Death
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Loneliness
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Social Support
  • Young Adult

MeSH Major

  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Grief
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Self Concept
  • Social Distance

abstract

  • Determining public expectations of grief is an important contributor to the debate differentiating normal from pathological grief. An international sample of 348 participants was randomly allocated to 1 of 12 conditions comprising a bereavement vignette and self-report items measuring grief expectations and social distance. Participants expected grief to decrease steadily between 2 weeks and 6 months then stabilize; however, time did not affect social distance. Gender of the bereaved and circumstances of death did not influence expectations, but did interact to influence social distance. These factors must be accounted for in determining a deviation from the norm in diagnostic nosology.

publication date

  • July 2014
  • December 2014

has subject area

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude to Death
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Female
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Loneliness
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Self Concept
  • Social Distance
  • Social Support
  • Young Adult

Research

keywords

  • Journal Article
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07481187.2013.873839

PubMed ID

  • 24738705

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 510

end page

  • 516

volume

  • 38

number

  • 6-10