An Overview of Complicated Grief Terminology and Diagnostic Criteria

Elizabeth A. Lobb, Linda J. Kristjanson, Samar Aoun, Leanne Monterosso

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This article sets the scene for the current debate on the concept of complicated grief. Issues identified with the diagnosis of individuals with complicated grief include concerns about misuse of the term, distinctions between normal and complicated grief and fears regarding stigmatisation associated with potential DSM-V classification of complicated grief. Use of the term as described by Prigerson and colleagues reflects current best evidence, addresses concerns related to definitional error and would assist in progressing research and clinical practice in a more consistent manner if this were used by clinicians, researchers, and health policymakers and educators. Such progress will be further assisted when consensus on the diagnostic criteria for complicated grief is achieved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-32
JournalGrief Matters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


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