Caregiver behaviors and childhood maladaptive grief: Initial validation of the Grief Facilitation Inventory

Lauren M. Alvis, Cody G. Dodd, Benjamin Oosterhoff, Ryan M. Hill, Benjamin Rolon-Arroyo, Tami Logsdon, Christopher M. Layne, Julie B. Kaplow

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Abstract

The Grief Facilitation Inventory (GFI) is a newly-developed measure of caregiver behaviors theorized to facilitate or hinder children’s adaptive grief reactions. We examine its factor structure, reliability, and validity. An exploratory factor analysis identified four factors: Ongoing Connection, Existential Continuity/Support, Caregiver Grief Expression, and Grief Inhibition/Avoidance. Both child- and caregiver-report versions had adequate-to-good internal consistency. The child-report GFI showed evidence of criterion-referenced validity via significant correlations with measures of child maladaptive grief and other psychological symptoms. Results provide preliminary evidence of the reliability, validity, and clinical utility of the GFI as a measure of caregiver grief-facilitation behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalDeath Studies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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