Factor structure of the Grief Experience Questionnaire (GEQ)

Death Stud. 2000 Dec;24(8):721-38. doi: 10.1080/074811800750036596.


The Grief Experience Questionnaire (GEQ; T.W. Barrett & T.B. Scott, 1989) is a self-report measure of grief responses, including some that have been associated with grief after a suicide (e.g., feelings of rejection, responsibility, shame, stigmatization, etc.). In this study, a sample of 350 university students who had experienced the death of a significant other completed the GEQ. A principal components analysis with varimax rotation yielded an 8-factor solution with satisfactory psychometric properties. Results clearly document that the GEQ is a multidimensional measure of grief phenomenology. It is concluded that although the GEQ has broad applicability, the scale as revised herein may have a special relevance to suicide bereavement, and may be of use in both research and clinically based applications.

MeSH terms

  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Grief*
  • Humans
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*