An Exploration of Associations Between Separation Anxiety in Childhood and Complicated Grief in Later Life

@article{Vanderwerker2006AnEO,
  title={An Exploration of Associations Between Separation Anxiety in Childhood and Complicated Grief in Later Life},
  author={Lauren C. Vanderwerker and Selby C. Jacobs and Colin Murray Parkes and Holly Gwen Prigerson},
  journal={The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease},
  year={2006},
  volume={194},
  pages={121-123}
}
Recent studies have suggested that the vulnerability to complicated grief (CG) may be rooted in insecure attachment styles developed in childhood. The aim of this study was to examine the etiologic relevance of childhood separation anxiety (CSA) to the onset of CG relative to major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and generalized anxiety disorder in bereaved individuals. The Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-IV, Inventory of Complicated Grief-Revised, and CSA items… Expand
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