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Intimacy and Complicated Grief among Chinese Elders Having Lost their Spouses: Mediating Role of Meaning Making

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This study aims to investigate the mediating role of meaning making in the relationship between intimacy and complicated grief among bereaved elders. A sample of 352 bereaved elders in rural China participated in the study. Both the linear and quadratic effects of meaning making illustrated a model that mediated the effect of intimacy on complicated grief. Essentially, findings revealed that only high levels of meaning making predicted low levels of complicated grief. This study thereby supplements existing research about meaning-making theory.
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Keywords: Chinese elder; complicated grief; intimacy; meaning making

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Applied Social Science, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR, China

Publication date: April 3, 2018

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