The dual process model of coping with bereavement: a decade on

Omega (Westport). 2010;61(4):273-89. doi: 10.2190/OM.61.4.b.


The Dual Process Model of Coping with Bereavement (DPM; Stroebe & Schut, 1999) is described in this article. The rationale is given as to why this model was deemed necessary and how it was designed to overcome limitations of earlier models of adaptive coping with loss. Although building on earlier theoretical formulations, it contrasts with other models along a number of dimensions which are outlined. In addition to describing the basic parameters of the DPM, theoretical and empirical developments that have taken place since the original publication of the model are summarized. Guidelines for future research are given focusing on principles that should be followed to put the model to stringent empirical test.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Attitude to Death*
  • Bereavement*
  • Counseling / methods
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Life Change Events
  • Life Style
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Object Attachment
  • Psychological Theory
  • Self Care / methods