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Death Stud. 2014 Jul-Dec;38(6-10):395-403. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2013.809031. Epub 2013 Oct 18.

Predictors of grief in bereaved family caregivers of person's with Alzheimer's disease: a prospective study.

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  • 1a School of Nursing , Northern Michigan University , Marquette , Michigan , USA.


The purpose of this prospective study was to identify factors in 66 spouses and adult child caregivers of person's with Alzheimer's disease prior to the death that predicted higher levels of grief in bereavement. A hierarchical regression model was tested. Predeath grief, dysfunctional coping, depression, social support, and decreased positive states of mind explained 54.7% of the variance in postdeath grief. Factors that contributed significantly to postdeath grief included predeath grief and depression. Results from this study indicate that risk factors for postdeath grief can be predicted prior to the death.

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