Handbook of Bereavement Research: Consequences, Coping, and Care

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ISBN: 978-1-55798-736-5
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New research continues to challenge our assumptions about the fundamental nature and course of grief: its roots in our biology, our emotions, our cognitions, and our social interactions. The Handbook of Bereavement Research provides a broad view of diverse contemporary approaches to bereavement, examining both normal adaptation and complicated manifestations of grief.

In this volume, leading interdisciplinary scholars focus on three important themes in bereavement research: consequences, coping and care. In exploring the consequences of bereavement, authors examine developmental factors that influence grief both for the individual and the family at different phases of the life cycle. In exploring coping, they describe exciting new empirical studies about how people can and do cope with grief, without professional intervention. Until recently, intervention for the bereaved has not been scientifically guided and has become the subject of challenging differences of opinion and approach.

Chapters in the care section of the volume critically examine interventions to date and provide guidance for assessment and more empirically guided treatment strategies. The Handbook provides an up-to-date comprehensive review of scientific knowledge about bereavement in an authoritative yet accessible way that will be essential reading for researchers, practitioners, and health care professionals in the 21st century.

Table of Contents



  1. Introduction: Concepts and Issues in Contemporary Research on Bereavement
    —Margaret S. Stroebe, Robert O. Hansson, Wolfgang Stroebe, and Henk Schut

I. Theory, Methodology, and Ethical Issues

  1. A Historical Overview of the Scientific Study of Bereavement
    —Colin Murray Parkes
  2. Grief, Bonds, and Relationships
    —Robert S. Weiss
  3. Emotion, Attachment, and Bereavement: A Conceptual Commentary
    —Phillip R. Shaver and Caroline M. Tancredy
  4. Quantitative or Qualitative? Measurement Issues in the Study of Grief
    —Robert A. Neimeyer and Nancy S. Hogan
  5. The Dynamics of Ethical Decision Making in Bereavement Research
    —Alicia Skinner Cook

II. Consequences: The Bereaved Individual Across the Life Span

  1. Bereavement Experiences and Personal Growth
    —Jeanne A. Schaefer and Rudolf H. Moos
  2. Developmental Context of Childhood: Grief and Regrief Phenomena
    —Kevin Ann Oltjenbruns
  3. Bereavement During Adolescence: A Review of Research
    —David E. Balk and Charles A. Corr
  4. Parental Response to Child Loss Across the Life-Cycle: Clinical and Research Perspectives
    —Simon Shimshon Rubin and Ruth Malkinson
  5. Bereavement and Old Age
    —Miriam S. Moss, Sidney Z. Moss, and Robert O. Hansson

III. Consequences: The Bereaved Individual in Social Context

  1. Grief From an Evolutionary Perspective
    —John Archer
  2. A Social Constructionist Perspective on Cultural Differences in Grief
    —Paul C. Rosenblatt
  3. Grief in Interpersonal Perspective: Theories and Their Implications
    —Ester R. Shapiro
  4. Meaning Making in Family Bereavement: A Family Systems Approach
    —Janice Winchester Nadeau
  5. Risk Factors in Bereavement Outcome: A Methodological and Empirical Review
    —Wolfgang Stroebe and Henk Schut

IV. Coping: Basic Concepts and Their Measurement

  1. Models of Coping with Bereavement: A Review
    —Margaret Stroebe and Henk Schut
  2. The Myths of Coping With Loss Revisited
    —Camille B. Wortman and Roxane Cohen Silver
  3. Processes of Grieving: How Bonds Are Continued
    —Dennis Klass and Tony Walter
  4. Assessment of Coping with Loss: Dimensions and Measurement
    —Guus L. Van Heck and Denise T. D. de Ridder

V. Coping: Exploration of the Mechanisms

  1. Physiological Indices of Functioning in Bereavement
    —Martica Hall and Michael Irwin
  2. Grief and Emotion: A Social–Functional Perspective
    —George A. Bonanno
  3. Disclosing and Sharing Emotion: Psychological, Social, and Health Consequences
    —James W. Pennebaker, Emmanuelle Zech and Bernard Rimé
  4. Ruminative Coping and Adjustment to Bereavement
    —Susan Nolen-Hoeksema
  5. Revised Coping Theory and the Process of Bereavement
    —Susan Folkman

VI. Care: Intervening in the Coping Process

  1. Psychotherapeutic and Pharmacological Intervention for Bereaved People
    —Beverley Raphael, Matthew Dobson, and Christine Minkov
  2. Traumatic Grief as a Distinct Disorder: A Rationale, Consensus Criteria, and a Preliminary Empirical Test
    —Holly G. Prigerson and Selby C. Jacobs
  3. Grief and Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy: The Reconstruction of Meaning
    —Stephen Fleming and Paul Robinson
  4. Physiological Effects of Bereavement and Bereavement Support Group Interventions
    —Karl Goodkin, Teri T. Baldewicz, Nancy T. Blaney, Deshratn Asthana, Mahendra Kumr, Paul Shapshak, Barbara Leeds, Jack E. Burkhalter, David Rigg, Mary D. Tyll, Joshua Cohen, and Wen Li Zheng
  5. The Efficacy of Bereavement Interventions: Determining Who Benefits
    —Henk Schut, Margaret Stroebe, Jan van den Bout and Maaike Terheggen

VII. Retrospective on the New Handbook Editorial View

  1. Future Directions for Bereavement Research
    —Margaret S. Stroebe, Robert O. Hansson, Wolfgang Stroebe, and Henk Schut

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors

Editor Bios

Margaret S. Stroebe is associate professor of psychology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. She received her PhD at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom. Her long-term interests in bereavement have to do with theoretical approaches to grief and grieving, interactive patterns of coping, and the efficacy of bereavement intervention. She is coauthor (with Wolfgang Stroebe) of Bereavement and Health (1987) and Social Psychology and Health (1995) and editor (with Wolfgang Stroebe and Robert O. Hansson) of The Handbook of Bereavement: Theory, Research, and Intervention (1993).

Robert O. Hansson is professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He earned an MBA and his PhD in social psychology from the University of Washington in 1973. His research interests focus on successful aging, aging families, and coping with loss and stressful life transitions in old age. He is coeditor (with Margaret S. Stroebe and Wolfgang Stroebe) of The Handbook of Bereavement: Theory, Research, and Intervention (1993) and coauthor (with Bruce N. Carpenter) of Relationships in Old Age: Coping With the Challenge of Transition (1994).

Wolfgang Stroebe is professor of social, organizational, and health psychology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He received PhDs from the University of Münster, Germany, and London University (London School of Economics), United Kingdom. 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 fields, including volumes on bereavement (with the editors of this volume) and the European Review of Social Psychology (with Miles Hewstone).

Henk Schut is associate professor of psychology at Utrecht University, The Netherlands. He received his PhD in clinical psychology at Utrecht University in 1992. His research interests cover processes of coping with loss and the efficacy of grief therapy and counseling of bereaved persons. He also works as a trainer for professionals (e.g., funeral directors and medical specialists) in dealing with dying and bereaved individuals. He is one of the authors of the Dutch publication Suicide and Grief (1983) and coauthor (with Jos de Keijser, also in Dutch) of Individual Grief Counseling (1991).

Reviews & Awards

This book is an excellent addition to the reading list of any bereavement course for professional students. It is well-organized, interesting, and readable. It provides an up-to-date comprehensive review and raises intriguing questions for future theories and research.
Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

An excellent resource that should be on the shelf of every health care provider, bereavement scholar, or counselor…
—CHOICE Magazine