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ERIC Number: EJ855665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Confirming the Distinctiveness of Complicated Grief from Depression and Anxiety among Adolescents
Dillen, Let; Fontaine, Johnny R. J.; Verhofstadt-Deneve, Leni
Death Studies, v33 n5 p437-461 2009
Studies in adult populations have shown that symptoms of complicated grief (CG) constitute a form of bereavement-related distress distinct from symptoms of depression and anxiety. The purpose of this article is to replicate these findings in two samples of bereaved adolescents by investigating the latent structure of symptoms of CG, anxiety, and depression measured by self-report questionnaires. The first study (N = 245) focuses on one of the most prevalent losses in adolescence, namely the death of a grandparent. In the second study (N = 351) the authors further the examination of the distinctiveness question by inspecting not only the latent structure of CG, depression, and anxiety but also whether the distinctiveness of the emerging latent structure holds across subgroups of bereaved adolescents suffering different types of losses. Confirmatory factor analyses in both studies confirm the distinctiveness of CG from depression and anxiety in a younger population. (Contains 9 footnotes and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Beck Anxiety Inventory; Beck Depression Inventory