Handbook of Bereavement Research and Practice: Advances in Theory and Intervention

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Item #: 4318045
ISBN: 978-1-4338-0351-2
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Copyright: 2008
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In this state-of-the-art volume, leading international scholars and clinicians provide a comprehensive and cross-disciplinary overview of how rigorous research on bereavement translates into practice. They identify new developments and controversies in the field, relating new theories to concepts from attachment and emotion theory.

The effects of societal change and of national and international events on personal and public mourning are examined, along with other areas of interest to practitioners, such as cultural competence in helping diverse clients cope with grief and bereavement.

New analyses employ longitudinal data sets to more clearly trace patterns of adjustment, trajectories of grieving over time, and the use of coping resources. The contributors also explore emerging research on the consequences of losing a loved one; "disenfranchised" grieving, and other critical areas.

Researchers and practitioners will find useful discussions of innovations in research design and quantitative and qualitative measurement, and the efficacy of intervention programs.

Other chapters explore the current controversy over including complicated grief in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Table of Contents



I. Introduction

  1. Bereavement Research: Contemporary Perspectives
    —Margaret S. Stroebe, Robert O. Hansson, Henk Schut, and Wolfgang Stroebe

II. Contemporary Scientific Approaches and Issues

  1. The Nature and Causes of Grief
    —Robert S. Weiss
  2. Theories of Grief: Past, Present, and Future Perspectives
    —John Archer
  3. Grieving in Contemporary Society
    —Robert Kastenbaum
  4. An Attachment Perspective on Bereavement
    —Mario Mikulincer and Phillip R. Shaver
  5. Whether to Relinquish or Maintain a Bond With the Deceased
    —Nigel P. Field
  6. The Measurement of Grief: Psychometric Considerations in the Assessment of Reactions to Bereavement
    —Robert A. Neimeyer, Nancy S. Hogan, and Anna Laurie

III. Contemporary Societal and Practice Concerns

  1. A Case for Inclusion of Prolonged Grief Disorder in DSM–V
    —Holly G. Prigerson, Lauren C. Vanderwerker, and Paul K. Maciejewski
  2. Clinical Aspects of a DSM Complicated Grief Diagnosis: Challenges, Dilemmas, and Opportunities
    —Simon Shimshon Rubin, Ruth Malkinson, and Eliezer Witztum
  3. Grief Across Cultures: A Review and Research Agenda
    —Paul C. Rosenblatt
  4. Disenfranchised Grief in Historical and Cultural Perspective
    —Kenneth J. Doka
  5. The New Public Mourning
    —Tony Walter

IV. Patterns and Consequences of Grief: Phenomena and Manifestations

  1. Caregiving and Bereavement
    —Richard Schulz, Kathrin Boerner, and Randy S. Hebert
  2. Trajectories of Grieving
    —George A. Bonanno, Kathrin Boerner, and Camille B. Wortman
  3. Redefining Goals and Redefining Self: A Closer Look of Posttraumatic Growth Following Loss
    —Christopher G. Davis
  4. The Role of Religion in Bereavement
    —Judith C. Hays and Cristina C. Hendrix
  5. Bereavement and Reactions to Romantic Rejection: A Psychobiological Perspective
    —John Archer and Helen Fisher

V. Patterns and Consequences of Grief: Relationship Perspectives

  1. The Loss of a Child: Sudden Death and Extended Illness Perspectives
    —Shirley A. Murphy
  2. Long-Term Consequences of Parental Death in Childhood: Psychological and Physiological Manifestations
    —Linda J. Luecken
  3. Factors That Influence Late-Life Bereavement: Considering Data From the Changing Lives of Older Couples Study
    —Deborah Carr
  4. The Grief of Grandparents
    —Bert Hayslip Jr. and Diana L. White

VI. Development and Efficacy of Intervention Programs

  1. Bereavement Following Disasters
    —Colin Murray Parkes
  2. Family Focused Grief Therapy: From Palliative Care Into Bereavement
    —David W. Kissane and Wendy G. Lichtenthal
  3. Meaning-Making in Bereaved Families: Assessment, Intervention, and Future Research
    —Janice Winchester Nadeau
  4. Linking Theory and Intervention to Promote Resilience in Parentally Bereaved Children
    —Irwin N. Sandler, Sharlene A. Wolchik, Tim S. Ayers, Jenn-Yun Tein, Stefany Coxe, and Wai Chow
  5. Bereavement Support, Intervention, and Research on the Internet: A Critical Review
    —Margaret S. Stroebe, Karolijne van der Houwen, and Henk Schut

VII. Conclusion

  1. Bereavement Research: 21st-Century Prospects
    —Margaret S. Stroebe, Robert O. Hansson, Henk Schut, and Wolfgang Stroebe

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Margaret S. Stroebe, PhD, is associate professor of psychology at Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands. She received her PhD at the University of Bristol, Bristol, England. Her research interests in the bereavement area include theoretical understanding of grief and grieving, inter- and intrapersonal processes in coping with loss, and implementation and efficacy of intervention programs for bereaved people. She is coauthor (with Wolfgang Stroebe) of Bereavement and Health (1987) and (with Robert O. Hansson) of Bereavement in Late Life (2007) and editor (with the other editors of this volume) of the Handbook of Bereavement Research: Consequences, Coping, and Care (2001).

Robert O. Hansson, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Tulsa, Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned his doctorate from the University of Washington, Seattle. His research focuses on aging families and bereavement. He has coauthored or coedited five previous books, including Bereavement in Late Life (with Margaret Stroebe) and two earlier editions of the Handbooks of Bereavement Research: Consequences, Coping, and Care. He is a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying, and Bereavement; is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America; and has served on the editorial boards of four journals, spanning the fields of aging, relationships, and loss.

Henk Schut, PhD, is associate professor of psychology at Utrecht University. He earned his PhD in clinical psychology at Utrecht University in 1992. His research interests cover processes of coping with loss and the efficacy of bereavement care and grief therapy. He also works as a trainer for professionals (e.g., medical specialists) in dealing with bereaved people, and he supervises postdoctorate clinical psychologists in their research projects. He is one of the authors of the Dutch publication Suicide and Grief (1983), coauthor of Individual Grief Counseling, and one of the editors of the Handbook of Bereavement Research: Consequences, Coping, and Care (2001).

Wolfgang Stroebe, PhD, is professor of social, organizational, and health psychology at Utrecht University. He received PhDs from the University of Münster, Germany, and London University (London School of Economics), England. He has previously held academic positions in the United States, England, and Germany. His research interests span social and health psychology. He has written and edited in both these fields, including volumes on bereavement (with the editors of this volume) and the European Review of Social Psychology (with Miles Hewstone).