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Type: Journal article
Title: Disenfranchised grievers - The GP's role in management
Author: Selby, S.
Jones, A.
Burgess, T.
Clark, S.
Moulding, N.
Beilby, J.
Citation: Australian Family Physician, 2007; 36(9):768-770
Publisher: Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 0300-8495
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Susan Selby, Alison Jones, Teresa Burgess, Sheila Clark, Nicole Moulding, Justin Beilby
Abstract: Disenfranchised grief results from a loss that is not or cannot be openly acknowledged, publicly mourned, or socially supported. This article aims to explain the concept and varying presentations of disenfranchised grief and outlines the importance of the general practitioner's role. Preliminary quantitative results of a study of 15 cross cultural workers re-entering Australia are presented, showing more than half experiencing grief during re-entry and all having some form of disenfranchised grief. Disenfranchised grievers present with various symptoms, however, primary care has focused on mental illness, with little recognition of loss and grief issues, especially disenfranchised grief. Further research is required and currently underway to design and formally test a model that can be implemented within an Australian fee-for-service setting.
Keywords: Humans
Stress, Psychological
Physician's Role
Interpersonal Relations
Social Perception
Mental Disorders
Family Practice
Emigration and Immigration
Residence Characteristics
Middle Aged
Primary Health Care
Description: Copyright © 2007 The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Copyright to Australian Family Physician. Reproduced with permission. Permission to reproduce must be sought from the publisher, The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.
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