Human grief: a model for prediction and intervention

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1977 Apr;47(2):196-206. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1977.tb00975.x.


The prevalent approach to understanding of and clinical intervention in the process of mourning employs a model based on stages of bereavement. This paper suggests a theoretical conception that is not tied to a fixed order of emotional states. Two dimensions--closeness of relationship and mourner's perception of preventability of the death--are identified as prime predictors of the intensity and duration of bereavement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Anger
  • Attitude to Death*
  • Denial, Psychological
  • Female
  • Grief*
  • Guilt
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Psychotherapy
  • Time Factors