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Death Stud. 2000 Apr-May;24(3):185-99.

Diagnostic criteria for traumatic grief.

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Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA.


This article reviews the rationale for the development of diagnostic criteria for Traumatic Grief. Traumatic Grief is a new nosologic entity that a panel of experts recently proposed. It is a direct descendent of the concept of pathologic grief, and it has roots in attachment behavior, separation distress, and traumatic distress. We present consensus, diagnostic criteria for Traumatic Grief and discuss them in relation to another recently proposed set of criteria. In conclusion, we recommend the development of empirically tested, consensus, diagnostic criteria for Traumatic Grief. Diagnostic criteria would facilitate early detection and intervention for those bereaved persons afflicted by this disorder and lead to additional studies of the prevalence, the nature, and the treatment of the disorder.

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