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ERIC Number: EJ781665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Beyond the Concept of Recovery: Growth and the Experience of Loss
Tedeschi, Richard G.; Calhoun, Lawrence G.
Death Studies, v32 n1 p27-39 Jan 2008
Responding to D. E. Balk (2004) about use of the term "recovery" to describe bereavement outcome, the authors take the view that this term is inadequate. Among the points raised are (a) the term recovery may imply a response to psychological disorder, whereas bereavement responses are generally normative; (b) recovery does not easily allow for transformative outcomes in bereavement, e.g., posttraumatic growth; and (c) terminology guides the thinking of bereaved persons, clinicians, and researchers in this area, and the term "recovery" may produce bias toward viewing bereavement as a disordered state. More neutral terms such as "change" or "resolution" avoid some of these pitfalls. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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