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Abstract: This article sets the scene for the current debate on the concept of complicated grief. Issues identified with diagnosis of individuals with complicated grief include concerns about misuse of the term, distinctions between normal and complicated grief and fears regarding stigmatisation associated with potential DSM-V classification of complicated grief. Use of the term as described by Prigerson and colleagues reflects current best evidence, addresses concerns related to definitional error and would assist in progressing research and clinical practice in a more consistent manner if this were used by clinicians, researchers, health policy makers and educators. Such progress will be further assisted when consensus on the diagnostic criteria for complicated grief is achieved.

To cite this article: Lobb, Elizabeth A; Kristjanson, Linda J; Aoun, Samar and Monterosso, Leanne. An Overview of Complicated Grief Terminology and Diagnostic Criteria [online]. Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement, Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter 2006: 28-32. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=166753127593787;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1440-6888. [cited 15 Feb 16].

Personal Author: Lobb, Elizabeth A; Kristjanson, Linda J; Aoun, Samar; Monterosso, Leanne; Source: Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement, Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter 2006: 28-32 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1440-6888 Subject: Grief; Bereavement; Grief--Psychological aspects; Bereavement--Psychological aspects; Post-traumatic stress disorder--Diagnosis; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Associate Professor, Psycho-oncology, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Edith Cowan University, Churchlands WA 6018
(2) Professor and Director, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Curtin University of Technology, Perth WA 6845
(3) Associate Professor, Community and Population Health, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Edith Cowan University, Churchlands WA 6018
(4) Associate Professor, Paediatric Healthcare, WA Centre for Cancer and Palliative Care, Edith Cowan University, Churchlands WA 6018

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