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Meaning-based Group Counselling for Bereavement

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01384942
First Posted: June 29, 2011
Last Update Posted: November 8, 2013
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Collaborators:
McGill University
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Christopher J. MacKinnon, Jewish General Hospital
  Purpose
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.

Condition Intervention Phase
Grief Bereavement Behavioral: Meaning-Based Bereavement Group Behavioral: Conventional Bereavement Group Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: The Development and Pilot Testing of Meaning-based Group Counselling Intervention for Bereavement

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Further study details as provided by Christopher J. MacKinnon, Jewish General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Grief [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ]

    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 ]

    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 ]

    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 ]

    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



Enrollment: 26
Study Start Date: June 2010
Study Completion Date: October 2013
Primary Completion Date: March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Meaning-Based Bereavement Group Behavioral: Meaning-Based Bereavement Group
A 12 week bereavement counselling group with tasks and themes that focus on re-constructing meaning following death.
Active Comparator: Conventional Bereavement Group Behavioral: Conventional Bereavement Group
An 8 week traditional bereavement group that follows a more conventional approach to grief support.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

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.
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01384942


Locations
Canada, Quebec
S.M.B.D. Jewish General Hospital / Hope and Cope Program
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3T 1E2
Sponsors and Collaborators
Jewish General Hospital
McGill University
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  More Information

Responsible Party: Christopher J. MacKinnon, Psychologist, Jewish General Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01384942     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT01285128
Other Study ID Numbers: 002645
First Submitted: June 23, 2011
First Posted: June 29, 2011
Last Update Posted: November 8, 2013
Last Verified: August 2013

Keywords provided by Christopher J. MacKinnon, Jewish General Hospital:
Bereavement
Grief
Mourning
Loss
Death
Meaning
Group
Counseling
Psychotherapy
Uncomplicated
Support