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.

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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
Citation
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