Handbook of Bereavement: Theory, Research, and Intervention

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Margaret S. Stroebe, Wolfgang Stroebe, Robert O. Hansson
Cambridge University Press, Mar 26, 1993 - Medical - 546 pages
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Does the concept of a broken heart have some grounding in reality? Can grief affect the body in ways that necessitate medical care and may even be life-threatening? Scholars from diverse disciplines report on research and explore key issues in this comprehensive review of scientific knowledge on the consequences of losing a loved person through death. Detailed coverage is given to the phenomenology of grief, distinctions between normal and pathological grief, and measurement and assessment techniques. Current theories are reviewed and underlying physiological mechanisms are surveyed, which help explain why the bereaved are highly vulnerable to ill health. Analyses also go beyond the consideration of marital bereavement to consider many different types of loss, including the special cases of bereavement among AIDS survivors and Holocaust survivors. Evaluations are provided of the availability and efficacy of many different types of support for bereaved people, ranging from informal help to self-help groups to various counseling and therapy intervention programs.
 

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Contents

Bereavement research and theory An introduction to the Handbook
3
The course of normal grief
23
Pathological grief reactions
44
Measurement issues in bereavement
62
Grief as an emotion and as a disease A socialconstructionist perspective
77
Bereavement as a psychosocial transition Processes of adaptation to change
91
Grief The social context of private feelings
102
Bereavement from the perspective of cognitiveexperiential selftheory
112
Loss and recovery
273
The death of a child is forever The life course impact of child loss
287
Childrens reactions to the death of a parent
302
Bereavement following death from AIDS Unique problems reactions and special needs
319
Sleep and dreams in welladjusted and less adjusted Holocaust survivors
333
The meaning of loss and adjustment to bereavement
351
Old age and widowhood Issues of personal control and independence
369
The support systems of American urban widows
383

Biobehavioral consequences of loss in nonhuman primates Individual differences
129
Neuroendocrine changes following bereavement
143
Bereavement depressive symptoms and immune function
160
The mortality of bereavement A review
175
Psychological resilience among widowed men and women A 10year followup of a national sample
196
Determinants of adjustment to bereavement in younger widows and widowers
208
The impact of spousal bereavement on older widows and widowers
229
The course of spousal bereavement in later life
242
Risk factors in bereavement outcome
257
The role of social support in bereavement
401
Bereavement selfhelp groups A review of conceptual and methodological issues
415
Counseling and therapy of the bereaved
431
Contemporary themes and controversies in bereavement research
461
References
481
Author index
529
Subject index
543
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