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Suicide Bereavement and Complicated Grief: Experiential Avoidance as a Mediating Mechanism

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In the wake of increased interest in the specific features of suicide bereavement, the current study examines (a) the association between suicide bereavement and complicated grief and (b) the mediating effect of experiential avoidance on the association between suicide bereavement and complicated grief. The tests revealed a significant indirect effect of suicide bereavement on complicated grief through experiential avoidance. This finding suggests that traumatic characteristics of suicide bereavement may inhibit the grieving process by increasing experiential avoidance and emphasizing a cognitive approach for complicated grief of people who have lost their loved one to death by suicide.
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Keywords: Bereavement; Korean older adults; complicated grief; experiential avoidance; suicide bereavement

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Hallym University Institute of Aging, Hallym University, Chunchun-si, Kangwon-do, South Korea

Publication date: July 3, 2016

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