Meaning-based Group Counselling for Bereavement

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
McGill University
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Christopher J. MacKinnon, Jewish General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01384942
First received: June 23, 2011
Last updated: November 7, 2013
Last verified: August 2013

June 23, 2011
November 7, 2013
June 2010
March 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Grief [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Descriptive statistical analysis (e.g., means, standard deviations, percentage of scale range improvements) will be conducted on the pre-test, post-test, and follow-up scores for both the experimental and control group on the following outcome measures

    (1) Grief: Revised Grief Experience Inventory; Core Bereavement; Hogan Grief Reaction Checklist

  • Meaning [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Descriptive statistical analysis (e.g., means, standard deviations, percentage of scale range improvements) will be conducted on the pre-test, post-test, and follow-up scores for both the experimental and control group on the following outcome measures

    (1) Meaning: Purpose in Life Test; The Grief and Meaning-Reconstruction Inventory; The Integration of Stressful Life Experiences Scale

  • Depression [ Time Frame: 24 Weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Descriptive statistical analysis (e.g., means, standard deviations, percentage of scale range improvements) will be conducted on the pre-test, post-test, and follow-up scores for both the experimental and control group on the following outcome measures

    (1) Depression: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale

  • Anxiety [ Time Frame: 24 Weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

    Descriptive statistical analysis (e.g., means, standard deviations, percentage of scale range improvements) will be conducted on the pre-test, post-test, and follow-up scores for both the experimental and control group on the following outcome measures

    (1)Anxiety: State-Trait Anxiety Scale

Grief [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

A 2 by 3 repeated-measures factorial ANOVA will be conducted on the pre-test, post-test, and follow-up differences for both the experimental and control group on the following outcome measures

  1. Depression: Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale
  2. Anxiety: State-Trait Anxiety Scale
  3. Grief: Revised Grief Experience Inventory; Core Bereavement; Hogan Grief Reaction Checklist
  4. Meaning: Purpose in Life Test; The Grief and Meaning-Reconstruction Inventory; The Integration of Stressful Life Experiences Scale
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Meaning-based Group Counselling for Bereavement
The Development and Pilot Testing of Meaning-based Group Counselling Intervention for Bereavement

Given that individuals in bereavement tend to experience substantial psychological distress in the first two years following loss, individuals seeking psychological support will need appropriate services grounded in sound empirical scholarship. There is a lack of studies assessing bereavement groups, despite groups being one of the most common forms by which such services are offered. The prominent and emerging process of meaning-reconstruction in bereavement research is theorized to lead to better psychological adjustment and prevent more prolonged grief reactions. The principal objective of this study is to compare two types of group counseling for individuals in bereavement: A novel meaning-based bereavement counseling group and a conventional bereavement support group.

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Interventional
Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
  • Grief
  • Bereavement
  • Behavioral: Meaning-Based Bereavement Group
    A 12 week bereavement counselling group with tasks and themes that focus on re-constructing meaning following death.
  • Behavioral: Conventional Bereavement Group
    An 8 week traditional bereavement group that follows a more conventional approach to grief support.
  • Experimental: Meaning-Based Bereavement Group
    Intervention: Behavioral: Meaning-Based Bereavement Group
  • Active Comparator: Conventional Bereavement Group
    Intervention: Behavioral: Conventional Bereavement Group
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Completed
26
October 2013
March 2012   (final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Individuals presenting for bereavement services that have experienced a death-related loss within 6 weeks to 2 years of the first meeting of the group, and are experiencing an uncomplicated grief response will be invited to participate.
  • Individuals will be assessed for their ability to participate in a group counselling context as well as an uncomplicated grief trajectory. Participants must be 18 years of age or older, have sufficient ability to communicate in English, as well as read English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Following a clinical/diagnostic interview and administration of the PG-13 (Prolonged Grief Disorder-13, Prigerson et al., 2009), individuals experiencing a complicated/prolonged grief trajectory are excluded.
  • Furthermore, individuals whose cognitive condition might make the study burdensome or impossible for them are excluded.
Both
18 Years and older
Yes
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Canada
 
NCT01384942
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Christopher J. MacKinnon, Jewish General Hospital
Jewish General Hospital
  • McGill University
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
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Jewish General Hospital
August 2013

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