Bereavement and Adaptation

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1213–1214. Reviews the book, Bereavement and Adaptation: A Comparative Study of the Aftermath of Death by Marc P. H. D. Cleiren (1993). Cleiren's book should serve readers at two levels. The first few chapters provide a balanced and accessible review of theory and an introduction to important research and methodological issues in the study of bereavement. The remainder of the volume is devoted to presenting the findings of the Leiden bereavement study. The Leiden study conceptualized adaptation to the death of a loved one within a stress framework. A wide variety of variables was assessed for the purpose of predicting health and functioning outcomes at 4 and 14 months after the loss. Of particular interest were variables that might influence (a) the meaning of the loss, (b) demands for subsequent coping, and (c) available coping resources. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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