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Complicated Grief (CG): Emotional and cognitive factors
Unpublished PhD Thesis, The Open University
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Complicated grief (CG) is a new diagnostic concept referring to a profile of symptoms indicative of a pathological bereavement reaction. CG overlaps in terms of symptomatology with other disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In both PTSD and MDD various cognitive and emotion processes have been shown to be important in onset, maintenance, recovery and treatment. For this reason it is important to understand the role of such factors in CG where there is little published research examining these issues. This thesis therefore seeks to document the profile of cognitive-affective processing reported in the disorder by comparing individuals with and without a CG diagnosis, recruited from Croatia. The research uses a range of self-report, behavioural, cognitive and emotional processing tasks from the existing literature.