Negative thinking is seen as an important mediating factor in the development of prolonged grief disorder (PGD), a syndrome encompassing debilitating symptoms of grief. No measure of specific grief related cognitions is available yet. Based on an adult measure of negative thinking in adults we developed a questionnaire for children, the Grief Cognitions Questionnaire for Children (GCQ-C). This study investigated several psychometric properties of the GCQ-C. Both reliability and validity were investigated in this study, in which hundred fifty-one children and adolescents (aged 8–18 years) participated. Findings showed that items of the GCQ-C represented one underlying dimension. Furthermore, the internal consistency and temporal stability were found to be adequate. Third, the findings supported the concurrent validity (e.g., significant positive correlations with self-report indices of PGD, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder), convergent and divergent validity of the GCQ-C. This study provides further evidence for the importance of negative thinking in PGD in children and adolescents.

Adolescents, Assessment, Children, Grief cognitions, Prolonged-grief-disorder,
Journal of Rational - Emotive and Cognitive - Behavior Therapy
Department of Pedagogical Sciences

Spuij, M, Prinzie, P.J, & Boelen, P.A. (2017). Psychometric Properties of the Grief Cognitions Questionnaire for Children (GCQ-C). Journal of Rational - Emotive and Cognitive - Behavior Therapy, 35(1), 60–77. doi:10.1007/s10942-016-0236-0