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ERIC Number: EJ791583
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
End-of-Life Communication and Adjustment: Pre-Loss Communication as a Predictor of Bereavement-Related Outcomes
Metzger, Patricia L.; Gray, Matt J.
Death Studies, v32 n4 p301-325 Apr 2008
Although bereavement-related emotional distress usually remits on its own over time, approximately 20% of bereaved individuals experience chronic emotional difficulties following the loss (Prigerson & Jacobs, 2001). Although several factors have been shown to be associated with poor outcomes post-loss, few studies have examined the relationship between pre-loss communication and bereavement-related depression, and none have examined its relationship to complicated grief. The present study examined how pre-loss communication between the bereaved and the deceased is related to post-loss outcomes within a sample of 60 members of online bereavement support groups. Results indicated that developing acceptance of an expected loss is strongly associated with bereavement outcomes. This finding persists even after controlling for relationship closeness and time elapsed post-loss. (Contains 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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