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Pinterest0 The controversial nature of complicated grief You do not have to study bereavement theory for very long before you meet lively discussions around complicated grief, often referred to as CG, an abbreviation we will adopt here.
Whilst most researchers in the field have no doubt about the existence of CG there is by no means a consensus of agreement over how to define it. Many practitioners, in my experience, are far less certain than researchers, about either the existence of CG or its nature.
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What follows is my attempt to take a balance view of the arguments for and against diagnosing Complicated Grief. This is based on an unedited draft of the same discussion which appears in my book Supporting People though Loss and Grief: Prigerson and her colleagues have argued that CG is distinguishable from bereavement-related depression Prigerson et al.
Prigerson has produced an inventory of complicated grief symptoms. This inventory invites bereaved people to agree or disagree with statements on a five point scale. This is a measure both of frequency of symptom and of intensity, since respondents scoring over a certain score are judged to be exhibiting CG.
In order to test the inventory, 97 conjugally bereaved elders completed it in the form of a questionnaire. The scores were compared with other self-report assessments of how these bereaved people were feeling. The data was subjected to standard statistical techniques.
From this, the team was able to conclude that they were validly and reliably identifying complicated grief. Prigerson and her colleagues claim that the inventory can be used to predict long-term functional impairment in response to loss.
Now let us look more closely at the claim. Respondents were asked to agree or disagree to statements designed to elicit the following features: As we have seen above, many, if not of all these features are observed in normal grief, particularly in the early days and weeks, and particularly if the loss involves somebody very close.
Complicated grief may be a matter of judging the intensity of the grief experience. Just what constitutes an extreme or abnormal intensity is a matter of judgement. Katherine Shear et al.
This group also cites examples of individuals who, because of undiagnosed CG have gone without appropriate support, sometimes for many years ibid, p. Prigerson and colleagues, including on this occasion Katherine Shear have argued that complicated grief carries a mental and physical risk if untreated Prigerson et al.
Shear and colleagues also claim to have a treatment model for complicated grief M. Before we go on to explore more definitions of CG, let us first remind ourselves of what is regarded as normal. Get together any group of bereavement counsellors and they would quickly come up with these features of grief.
What are the theoretical options? Could be similar to normal grief but with the addition of qualitatively different thoughts, feelings and actions?
Maybe it could be the same list, but the intensity of each feature fails to diminish with time.
In such circumstances it could be seen as a prolonged grief experience. After all, violent and sudden deaths might very reasonably be considered difficult to come to terms with.
Likewise some relationships might be very close, even involving a physical or emotional dependency. It would be strange if such grief did not take longer to resolve than grieving for a distant aunt living many miles away.
Other features which could constitute CG might be that all signs of grief are absent and only appear after a protracted length of time delayed griefor may not appear at all absent grief. In some situations our definition might be a statistical one, since most living things can be measured and fit into normally distributed ranges.
I have difficulty buying shoes, since my feet are at the lower end of a normal distribution curve of the population of British shoe customers.
If statistical norms are inadequate to describe foot size, then imagine the difficulties in describing sexuality using statistics. The logic of applying statistics to the complexity of human behaviour falters at the first hurdle.
If statistical normalisation is an over-simplified, unproductive way to determine the nature of CG, then perhaps, like diseased feet, biological dysfunction is a better starting point.
Logically, we first have to accept that healthy grief serves a biological function and that it is this which makes it normal.
As feet have evolved for us to walk upright, leaving our hands free to wield tools and weapons, so grief, the theory goes appears to have evolved to perform some useful function.
On the other hand, if this theory is wrong and all grief is seen to be dysfunctional, like a disease, then no grief is normal. Such a theoretical possibility was explored by George Engel; in a paper he called Is Grief a Disease?
We will meet such arguments in the next chapter.
For now, however, I ask the reader to assume prevailing 21st century thinking:The controversial nature of complicated grief. You do not have to study bereavement theory for very long before you meet lively discussions around complicated grief, often referred to as CG, an abbreviation we will adopt here.
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