A micro-sociological theory of adjustment to loss Review


Authors: Maciejewski, P. K.; Falzarano, F. B.; She, W. J.; Lichtenthal, W. G.; Prigerson, H. G.
Review Title: A micro-sociological theory of adjustment to loss
Abstract: Although grief is a reaction to a social loss, it has been viewed almost exclusively through the lens of individual psychology and not sociology. In this article, we suggest that more attention to sociological aspects of grief is warranted. We propose a micro-sociological theory of bereavement and grief to complement, not replace, psychological perspectives. We assert that bereavement represents a state of loss-associated social deprivations (e.g. social disconnection). Furthermore, we postulate that addressing social deprivations (e.g. enhancing social connection) will lessen severity of distressing, disabling grief and, thereby, promote adjustment to loss. Future research is needed to test our theory and the hypotheses that follow from it in the service of promoting adaptation to bereavement. © 2021 Elsevier Ltd
Keywords: bereavement; theory; grief; sociology; loss
Journal Title: Current Opinion in Psychology
Volume: 43
ISSN: 2352-250X
Publisher: Elsevier Inc.  
Date Published: 2022-02-01
Start Page: 96
End Page: 101
Language: English
DOI: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.06.016
PROVIDER: scopus
PUBMED: 34333375
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Notes: Review -- Export Date: 1 September 2021 -- Source: Scopus
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