BEREAVED SUPPORT QUESTIONNAIRE: DEVELOPMENT, FACTOR STRUCTURE AND METRIC CHARACTERISTICS

Authors

  • Ana Genc Odsek za psihologiju, Filozofski fakultet, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu
  • Jasmina Pekić Odsek za psihologiju, Filozofski fakultet, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu
  • Isidora Rajić Odsek za psihologiju, Filozofski fakultet, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu
  • Jovana Obradović Odsek za psihologiju, Filozofski fakultet, Univerzitet u Novom Sadu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.19090/pp.2018.3.259-284

Keywords:

Bereaved Support Questionnaire, factor structure, person centeredness, psychometric characteristics

Abstract

In the recent decades social support in the bereavement process represents an important and newly emerging scientific field of study. However, within the framework of national science supris- ingly little empirical work has examined how supportive comu- nication can affect the grieving process. The main objective of this study was to develop a questionnaire which measures the helpfulness of comforting messages received from the social net- work members. In addition to presenting the Bereaved Support Questionnaire, the present study explores the factor structure, as well as the psychometric characteristics of the scale. The second aim of the study is to determine whether the person centeredness of these messages explains their helpfulness. The survey was conducted on a sample of 301 respondents. The results indicate that the Bereaved Support Questionnaire represents a valid and reliable instrument whose composite structure is reflected by five factors: Social support, Minimizing feelings, Providing a religious perspective, Complimenting the deceased/ bereaved and normal- izing feelings, and Offering practical help. The results confirm the expectations that the person centeredness of the five support- ing strategies are related with the participants’ evaluations of the helpfulness of these strategies.

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25.09.2018

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Genc, A., Pekić, J., Rajić, I., & Obradović, J. (2018). BEREAVED SUPPORT QUESTIONNAIRE: DEVELOPMENT, FACTOR STRUCTURE AND METRIC CHARACTERISTICS. Primenjena Psihologija, 11(3), 259–284. https://doi.org/10.19090/pp.2018.3.259-284

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