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Prolonged grievers: A qualitative evaluation of a support group intervention
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in East Östergötland, Center of Palliative Care.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9606-3238
Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in East Östergötland, Center of Palliative Care.
Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in East Östergötland, Center of Palliative Care.
Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in East Östergötland, Center of Palliative Care.
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2014 (English)In: Palliative & Supportive Care, ISSN 1478-9515, E-ISSN 1478-9523, Vol. 12, no 4, 299-308 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: The aim of this project was to study prolonged grievers psychosocial processes and experience during participation in a group intervention and 6–8 weeks after discontinuation. The intervention in this study was a group therapy with the aim of getting in contact with their pain and loss and confronting and working with this loss.

Methods: Data was collected by using diaries and tape-recorded interviews, analyzed with grounded theory. The participants were 11 females between the ages of 33 and 71.

Results: The main process that was found in the qualitative data was: Ambivalence when struggling and learning through work and rest towards a balance. Sub-processes were: To share and be confirmed in the group through sense of cohesion; To dare/venture to discover problems and solutions; To react when you get emotionally involved, and to compare and discover.

Significance of results: This study gives insight into prolonged grievers' thinking, which is valuable knowledge. Rather than assuming that all individuals suffering from prolonged grief need the same treatment, we suggest that there should be a range of different therapies.

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Cambridge University Press, 2014. Vol. 12, no 4, 299-308 p.
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prolonged grieving; females; grounded theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-96375DOI: 10.1017/S1478951513000187ISI: 000339615100007PubMedID: 23928043OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-96375DiVA: diva2:641122
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