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Meaning making in the dual process model of coping with bereavement

by Margaret S. Stroebe, Henk Schut
Meaning reconstruction & the experience of loss ()

Abstract

Provides an exploration of the cognitive processes used in bereavement, using the framework of the dual process model (DPM). The analysis of the process of coping with bereavement focuses specifically on the aspect of confrontation and avoidance, the positive and negative valence of the emotion or situation being confronted or avoided, and its effect on coping with loss. The authors of the model consider its relation to the task of meaning reconstruction. A strength of their model is its capacity to integrate much of the leading-edge research on the way in which bereaved people cope with their new status by oscillating between preoccupation with the grief itself and re-engagement in a world transformed by their loss. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved).

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