Paul Boelen

Winner Dissertation Prize 2006

Complicated Grief. Assessment, Theory, and Treatment

Supervisors: Prof. dr J. van den Bout, Prof. dr M.A. van den Hout
Nomination: University Utrecht, Faculty of Social Sciences

Report by the selection committee

Complicated grief is not an official diagnostic category. However, it is recognized in practice in situations where people appear not to be able to overcome grief at a loss. In the first place a researcher should determine if and how complicated grief can be discerned from fear, depression or post-traumatic stress. How can the occurrence of complicated grief be explained and what is the best way to treat the disorder? Pathogenesis, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis, a long logical sequence, seldom found in a study like this.