Year: 1995 Source: Health & Social Work, v.20, no.4, (November 1995), p.294-299 SIEC No: 19950318

The results of a study into the relationship between self-blame for the death of a loved one & subsequent psychological recovery are presented. 244 people identified the emotional, cognitive, & behavioural responses they used at the time of their loss. The use of self-blame was associated with poorer long-term adjustment. However, favourable outcomes were seen when self-blame led people to make amends or reparations. The potential therapeutic value of self-blaming & making amends is considered.