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Religions 2016, 7(6), 67; doi:10.3390/rel7060067

The Inventory of Complicated Spiritual Grief: Assessing Spiritual Crisis Following Loss

Department of Psychology, University of Memphis, Memphis, 400 Innovation Drive, TN 38152, USA
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Academic Editor: Arndt Büssing
Received: 12 February 2016 / Revised: 16 April 2016 / Accepted: 28 May 2016 / Published: 4 June 2016
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Abstract

Following the death of a loved one, many grievers endorse spirituality as a source of both solace and strain. Studies show that some grievers struggle significantly with both their relationship with God and their faith community, a condition known as complicated spiritual grief (CSG). However, researchers have lacked a simple, multidimensional, well-validated, grief-specific measure of CSG. In this brief report, we reviewed the psychometric validation process and clinical utility of a measure called the Inventory of Complicated Spiritual Grief (ICSG), which was tested with 304 Christian grievers. The 18-item ICSG was shown to have strong internal consistency, high test–retest reliability, and convergent and incremental validity and supported a two-factor model, measuring one’s insecurity with God and the disruption in one’s religious practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: complicated spiritual grief; spiritual struggle; spiritual crisis; bereavement; complicated grief; meaning making complicated spiritual grief; spiritual struggle; spiritual crisis; bereavement; complicated grief; meaning making
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Burke, L.A.; Neimeyer, R.A. The Inventory of Complicated Spiritual Grief: Assessing Spiritual Crisis Following Loss. Religions 2016, 7, 67.

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