Making sense of loss and benefiting from the experience: two construals of meaning.

@article{Davis1998MakingSO,
  title={Making sense of loss and benefiting from the experience: two construals of meaning.},
  author={Christopher G. Davis and Susan Kay Nolen-Hoeksema and John Larson},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  year={1998},
  volume={75 2},
  pages={
          561-74
        }
}
Theoretical models of the adjustment process following loss and trauma have emphasized the critical role that finding meaning plays. Yet evidence in support of these models is meager, and definitions of meaning have been too broad to facilitate a clear understanding of the psychological process involved. Using a prospective and longitudinal study of people coping with the loss of a family member, we differentiate 2 construals of meaning--making sense of the event and finding benefit in the… CONTINUE READING
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