WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR COMPLICATIONS OF BEREAVEMENT?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST/COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

Risk factors are those aspects of a situation that
tend to increase vulnerability to complications and that may slow recovery.
Existing studies suggest that risk factors relate to the characteristics of an
individual, the nature of the relationship to the deceased, the circumstances
of the death, and the social context within which recovery takes place. Some
risk factors relate to the larger situation in which the bereaved finds him- or
herself, and some risk factors relate to the bereaved individual’s specific
history and makeup. While both kinds of risk factors raise the distress level
of the bereaved person, it is useful for clinicians to be particularly aware of
the bereaved’ s individual situation.

The following risk factors have been identified:

  1. Socioeconomic Status

Lower socioeconomic status is related to a poorer
health status in general. Bereavement appears to affect people similarly,
regardless of socioeconomic status.

  • Age

Bereavement appears to be somewhat…

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