What is complicated grief? A social constructionist answer.


Walter, T., 2006. What is complicated grief? A social constructionist answer. Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying, 52 (1), pp. 71-79.

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    Research into complicated grief assumes that it is a psychological disorder of the grieving individual. This article suggests seven other things that complicated grief may also be: a normalizing construct of psychiatric medicine, an operational requirement of bereavement agencies, a concept by which society as a whole and families can discipline mourning members, a label applied to those who actively resist cultural norms about grief, a product of a society obsessed with risk, and the result of negotiation between various parties in the bereavement field. If complicated grief exists, it is much more multi-faceted than is usually acknowledged.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsWalter, T.
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Social & Policy Sciences
    Research CentresCentre for Death and Society
    Publisher StatementWalter_Omega_52_1_71.pdf: Reproduced with kind permission of Baywood Publishing
    ID Code19459


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