Determinants and Predictors of Grief Severity and Persistence: The Rotterdam Study
Objective: We aimed to explore correlates and predictors of bereavement severity and persistence (triggered by “loss of a loved one”; referent group partner loss) in the Rotterdam cohort. Method: We used linear regression to examine factors associated with grief severity using a cross-sectional analysis and logistic regression to determine prospective associations. Results: Cross-sectionaly, females, child-lost, higher depressive symptoms, lower education, and difficulties in daily activities were independently associated with a higher bereavement severity. Prospectively (6 years; response rate 71%), the baseline value of the grief severity was the single predictor significantly associated with grief persistence. Discussion: Our results suggest that only grief severity is independently associated with grief persistence. Further studies are needed to confirm our findings.
|Keywords||end of life, epidemiology, families, geriatrics, mental health|
|Persistent URL||dx.doi.org/10.1177/0898264317720715, hdl.handle.net/1765/102813|
|Journal||Journal of Aging and Health|
Milic, J, Muka, T, Ikram, M.K, Franco, O.H, & Tiemeier, H.W. (2017). Determinants and Predictors of Grief Severity and Persistence: The Rotterdam Study. Journal of Aging and Health, 29(8), 1288–1307. doi:10.1177/0898264317720715