Le Trouble du Deuil Persistant chez la Personne Âgée : évaluation et Étude des Effets de la Personnalité

Abstract : This thesis addresses current concerns about a specific grief psychopathology, the Prolonged Grief Disorder (PGD) affecting the elderly. After developing an inventory of knowledge about grief, specifically relating to PGD, (chapter 1) and a theoretical model of Grief (chapter 2) to identify the psychological and psychopathological characteristics of the elderly people experiencing grief over the death of someone, (chapter 3), the importance of continuing the study of this Disorder was realized (chapter 4). To this end, a preliminary study was conducted which enabled the validation of the Inventory of Complicated Grief-Revised (Prigerson and al., 2004). This validation enabled the development of a threshold score which could be used as diagnosis criteria for PGD (chapter 5). In light of the suggested theoretical models regarding grief and its outcomes, a second study was conducted to test a model that explains personality effects on the development of PGD (chapter 6). The approach would not be comprehensive or complete if, on a topic like grief, a qualitative method was not adopted to understand the essence of the expression of PGD through the feelings of an elderly person. A third and final study enabled the identification of a pathological personality profile, by using MMPI-2, and the establishment of the qualitative method of confirmation of PGD, through case studies (chapter 7). The overall goal of these studies is to contribute to increase awareness and understanding of PGD as a psychopathological disorder
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Pascaline Ramanantsialonina. Le Trouble du Deuil Persistant chez la Personne Âgée : évaluation et Étude des Effets de la Personnalité. Psychologie. Université Nancy 2, 2010. Français. ⟨NNT : 2010NAN21008⟩. ⟨tel-01752916⟩

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