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Bonanno Receives Grant to Study Prolonged Grief
TC's George Bonanno and his students have received a grant of just under $3 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to learn more about the factors that predict prolonged grief (PG) in people who lose a spouse.
Now George Bonanno, Professor of Psychology and Education, and his students have received a grant of just under $3 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to learn more about the factors that predict prolonged grief (PG) and who will recover from it, and to describe the impact of suffering from PG.
“Not only would answering these questions advance scientific knowledge of grief reactions, it would contribute greatly to the development of effective interventions for PG,” said Bonanno, who chairs TC’s Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology.
The primary objective of Bonanno’s new study – which represents the second phase of a broader study of PG reactions – is to identify patterns of emotion and emotion-related brain activity as early predictors of PG and as diagnostic markers of PG-related effects. The study will recruit adults ages 25-65 in North America who have lost a spouse in the past three to four months and track them over a 25-month period, during which they will complete a battery of questionnaires and participate in a series of interviews and experimental and neuropsychological procedures.
Bonanno is the author of The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss.
Published Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2011