Date of Award
Master of Science
Robert A Neimeyer
Psychological adaptation following homicide loss can prove more challenging for grievers than other types of losses. Although social support can be beneficial in bereavement, research is mixed in terms of identifying whether it serves as a buffer to distress following traumatic loss. In particular, studies have not parsed out specific domains of social support that best predict positive bereavement outcomes. Recruiting a sample of 47 African Americans bereaved by homicide, we examined six types of social support along with the griever's perceived need for or satisfaction with each, and analyzed them in relation to depression, anxiety, complicated grief (CG), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) outcomes. Results of multivariate analyses revealed that the griever's level of satisfaction with physical assistance at the initial assessment best predicted lower levels of depression, anxiety, and PTSD six months later, while less need for physical assistance predicted lower CG at follow-up. Clinical implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Bottomley, Jamison Scott, "Domains of Social Support That Predict Bereavement Distress Following Loss: Assessing Need and Satisfaction" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1505.