Grief and Growth of Bereaved Siblings as Related to Attachment Style and Flexibility

Orit Cohen, Michael Katz

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between attachment style, coping flexibility, military/non-military cause of death, levels of grief reactions and posttraumatic growth (PTG), in 150 bereaved adult siblings in Israel. Insecurely attached participants, 72% of the sample, reported more grief and less PTG than did securely attached ones. Highly avoidant individuals exhibited the least amount of PTG. Securely attached siblings were more flexible and flexibly coping participants reported less grief and higher PTG. Cause of death was not related to grief and PTG. Discussion of these findings yields conditions enabling PTG after a sibling loss.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-164
Number of pages7
JournalDeath Studies
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 16 Mar 2015

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology

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