Interpersonal problems and cooperative behavior in patients suffering from prolonged grief disorder as compared to bereaved healthy controls

  • Objectives: Interpersonal factors, such as impairments in social interaction or lack of social support, have an important share when it comes to the development, maintenance, and progression of various mental disorders. Methods: Individuals suffering from prolonged grief disorder (PGD) and matched bereaved healthy controls (n = 54) underwent a thorough diagnostic procedure, further completed the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems (IIP-D-32), and participated in a finitely iterated prisoner's dilemma (FIPD). Results: Individuals suffering from PGD reported significantly more interpersonal problems. Both groups behaved differently in the FIPD with healthy controls being more carefully, adapting their behavior more flexible, whereas PGD patients displayed a lower responsiveness, which may indicate an inability to adapt to changes in relationships. Conclusion: We conclude that interpersonal problems appear to be a relevant feature of PGD. Future studies need to clarify the causal relation behind this link, and should also include measures of attachment, social support, and disconnectedness.

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Author:Octavia HarrisonORCiDGND, Sabine WindmannORCiDGND, Rita RosnerORCiDGND, Regina SteilORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Journal of clinical psychology
Place of publication:Bognor Regis [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2022/03/05
Date of first Publication:2022/03/05
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2023/09/25
Tag:behavioral economics; bereavement; interpersonal problems; prisoner’s dilemma; prolonged grief disorder; social support
Page Number:13
First Page:1912
Last Page:1924
This greater study is funded by grant RO 2042/7-1 from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). The study reported here was conducted with the support of funding from Goethe University.
Institutes:Psychologie und Sportwissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International