Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

953

Date

2013

Date of Award

7-25-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Major

Psychology

Committee Chair

Robert Neimeyer

Committee Member

Robert Cohen

Committee Member

Jason Holland

Abstract

Current research indicates that the bereavement process can lead to different outcomes, such as complicated grief and post-traumatic growth. In addition, research has shown that event centrality, a relevant construct in the bereavement process, can play an important role in the development of both complicated grief symptomatology as well as growth following the loss of a loved one. This study examined the relation between event centrality and post-traumatic growth while considering complicated grief symptomatology as a possible moderating factor in a large sample (N = 324) of bereaved adults who had experienced the loss of a loved one over the previous two years. Results indicated that there was a positive linear relation between event centrality and post-traumatic growth as well as a significant interaction between event centrality and complicated grief in predicting post-traumatic growth scores. More specifically, growth following the loss was most likely under conditions of higher event centrality and lower complicated grief symptomatology.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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