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Chapter 21. Bereavement

Moria J. Smoski, Ph.D.; Larry W. Thompson, Ph.D.
DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585623754.394292

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Late-life bereavement is an important topic that is affecting a growing number of individuals as the population ages. This chapter begins with a review of the demographics of bereavement, followed by theoretical and empirical perspectives on adjustment to the loss of a loved one. Finally, we review considerations in the diagnosis and treatment of complicated grief.

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Numerous theoretical perspectives on the function and process of bereavement have been developed over the years. Who believed that any involuntary separation, including bereavement, gives rise to many forms of attachment behavior that reflect the person's desire to reunite with the lost person?
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Several psychiatrists have proposed models of bereavement that involve phases or stages of reaction to the death of a loved one. Usually three stages are described. Which of the following is characteristic of the second or middle stage?
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Bonnano et al. collected data on 205 older adults several years prior to the death of their spouse and again at 6 and 18 months postloss. Five patterns of adjustment were identified based on pre- and postloss levels of adjustment. All of the following are among these patterns except
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