Toward a developmental theory of grief

Robert A. Neimeyer, Joanne Cacciatore

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In clinical practice, the Perceived Life Significance Scale (PLSS) can be useful as a measure of change in life significance across a course of therapy, as well as to stimulate discussion of life meaning with grieving clients. It can be particularly useful when therapist and client share an explicit goal of identifying and pursuing valued experiences or behaviours. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to provide an example, is a contextual behavioural style of therapy in which life significance is of primary importance as an outcome of treatment. Item content for an initial large pool of potential PLSS items was developed using qualitative data from focus group, specifically focusing on the construct of life significance. Selection of items for the final 19-item PLSS scale as well as exploratory factor analyses to identify potential subscales, involved a diverse group of bereaved undergraduate students at a large Midwestern University.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechniques of Grief Therapy
Subtitle of host publicationAssessment and Intervention
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781317433026
ISBN (Print)9781138905917
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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