In Conclusion: Current Themes in Bereavement and Widowhood Research

Robert, O. Hansson; Margaret, S. Stroebe; Wolfgang Stroebe

Journal of Social Issues 44(3): 207-216


ISSN/ISBN: 0022-4537
DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.1988.tb02086.x
Accession: 061986731

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A number of important themes and controversies emerged from the preceding papers. These include (a) what kinds of losses lead to grief; (b) how long grief lasts; (c) how to conceptualize "recovery," (d) the nature of "normal" grief; (e) whether bereavement has lasting effects on health; and (f) what characteristics of the individual, the relationship, or the nature of the death create a greater risk for poor outcome of bereavement. Consideration of these issues should help develop more effective strategies for intervention with sufferers, and social policies sensitive to the needs of those at greatest risk.