Assessing posttraumatic growth, complicated grief, and psychological distress in bereaved atheists and believers

Jacob Sawyer, Melanie E. Brewster

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Abstract

The present study examines how meaning and belief in God or god(s) is related to bereavement outcomes. Data from 299 participants residing in the United States indicated that the variables of search for meaning, presence of meaning, and belief in God or god(s) were significantly related to posttraumatic growth, complicated grief, and psychological distress. Results from this study can be used to identify appropriate clinical strategies for mental health practitioners working with bereaved clients and will expand the breadth of literature on bereavement with atheist populations in the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)224-234
Number of pages11
JournalDeath Studies
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2019

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Bereavement
Grief
Psychology
Growth
Mental Health
Population
Deity
Atheist
Posttraumatic Growth
Believer
Psychological Distress

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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