Year: 1986 Source: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v.54, no.4, (1986), p.438-446 SIEC No: 19910851

This study asked 94 bereaved people to describe support attempts which were helpful & unhelpful. Support most frequently mentioned as helpful was contact with a similiar other & opportunities to express feelings; most freqently mentioned as unhelpful support was giving advice & encouraging recovery.Surprisingly, further investigation found that when 100 control respondents were asked what to do or say to help a bereaved person, most of the answers were classfied as helpful support. (VM)