Margaret Stroebe, Henk Schut, Kathrin Boerner

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The article outlines and reflects on the current state of scientific knowledge of bereavement. Bereavement reactions and associated health consequences are described, and the factors influencing vulnerability and resilience are summarized. We explore ways of coping and links to (mal)adjustment. We outline the current understanding of complicated grief and the effectiveness of psychological interventions. Theoretical developments, particularly those relating to grief complications, are considered. The bereavement research area is rapidly growing and evolving. Many firmly held views have been put to test and sometimes discarded. Therefore, throughout the article, we try to pinpoint key, sometimes controversial, issues and identify directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - 26 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Bereavement
  • Cause of death
  • Complicated grief
  • Coping
  • DSM-5
  • Death
  • Depression
  • Grief
  • Health consequences
  • Loss
  • Mortality
  • Mourning
  • Resilience
  • Risk factor
  • Widow(er)hood


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