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Internalized and externalized continuing bonds in bereaved parents : their relationship with grief intensity and personal growth
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-06, 00:00 authored by D Scholtes, Matthew BrowneMatthew Browne
Continuing bonds (CB) expression appears especially prevalent among bereaved parents. This study examined the relationship between CB and grief outcomes for this population. A customized CB scale for use with bereaved parents was derived from the literature. 354 participants (10 male) recruited from online support groups completed an internet questionnaire. A three factor dimensional structure of CB (internalized, externalized, and transference) was supported. Structural equation modeling showed clear links between internalized bonds and a more positive grief status; externalized bonds showing an opposite relationship. Weaker effects were found for child's age, time since death, and type of death.
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