A behavioral analysis of the grief process

William S. Brasted, Edward J Callahan

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Grieving is virtually universal in human experience but has received little attention from a behavioral perspective. This paper presents an overview of a behavioral analysis of grieving through integrating experimental phenomena and clinical observations. Experimental phenomena explored are examples from animal literature involving behavior changes akin to human response to loss. Clinical observations are derived from the literature on normal and pathological grieving and from the authors' work with families experiencing perinatal loss. Recommendations and concerns for behavior therapists working with grieving individuals are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)529-543
Number of pages15
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology


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