Quality of life of older adults with complicated grief: A thematic analysis

Tina M. Mason, Cindy S. Tofthagen, Laura A. Szalacha, Harleah G. Buck

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Approximately 15% of the general population has complicated grief (CG). Understanding how older adults with CG describe their quality of life (QOL) is crucial to healthcare workers especially in hospice and mental health settings. Four themes for QOL emerged from the thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews. From highest to lowest endorsement, they were Mental Function (sub-themes: mental health, joy, and happiness), Self-management (sub-themes: self-efficacy and self-agency), Social Support, and Physical Function. This study provides new information related to the relationships between CG and QOL among older adults. Multidimensional aspects of QOL can provide insight into delivering individualized patient- and family-centered care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1424-1432
Number of pages9
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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