PPC PRIVATE PSYCHOTHERAPY CLINIC -LONDON IFPPPS LTD
Risk factors are those aspects of a situation that tend to increase vulnerability to complications and that may slow recovery. Existing studies suggest that risk factors relate to the characteristics of an individual, the nature of the relationship to the deceased, the circumstances of the death, and the social context within which recovery takes place. Some risk factors relate to the larger situation in which the bereaved finds him- or herself, and some risk factors relate to the bereaved individual’s specific history and makeup. While both kinds of risk factors raise the distress level of the bereaved person, it is useful for clinicians to be particularly aware of the bereaved’ s individual situation.
The following risk factors have been identified:
- Socioeconomic Status
Lower socioeconomic status is related to a poorer health status in general. Bereavement appears to affect people similarly, regardless of socioeconomic status.
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