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Qualitative exploration of the nature of grief-related beliefs and expectations

Costa, Beth M., Hall, Lesley and Stewart, Janice 2007, Qualitative exploration of the nature of grief-related beliefs and expectations, Omega, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 27-56.

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Title Qualitative exploration of the nature of grief-related beliefs and expectations
Author(s) Costa, Beth M.
Hall, Lesley
Stewart, Janice
Journal name Omega
Volume number 55
Issue number 1
Start page 27
End page 56
Publisher Baywood Publishing
Place of publication Westport, Conn.
Publication date 2007
ISSN 0030-2228
Summary Societal expectations of grief impact the experience of bereavement. The congruence of societal expectations with current scientific understanding of grief is unknown. Therefore two qualitative studies explored community perceptions of grief. In study one, three small focus groups (N = 9) examined grief-related expectations associated with hypothetical scenarios of bereavement. In study two, the impact of grief-related perceptions on the lived experience of bereavement for 11 individuals was explored through semi-structured interviews. Across both studies, elements of a traditional stage model view of grief were evident, with participants viewing emotional expression of grief as important. An avoidant coping style in the bereaved was considered problematic. Findings of study two suggested that grief-related beliefs may impact the bereavement experience via appraisal of the grief response and willingness to support bereaved individuals. The studies suggested that stage model assumptions in the beliefs of the general population persist, although there was a recognition of diversity in the grief response.
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Language eng
Field of Research 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Baywood Publishing
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007564

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