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PS30128: A health psychology approach to loss, grief and bereavement

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: ES 80%, OR 20%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay (ES 80%)
  • Oral (OR 20%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To introduce the student to the psychological impact of loss, grief and bereavement drawing on a life cycle approach.
To introduce the student to ways in which theories of grief and bereavement may influence the delivery of clinical interventions in current health care settings.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the unit, students will be able to:
* Critically examine the issue of loss from a life cycle perspective.
* Discuss the different ways in which grief and bereavement are represented and constructed.
* Critically examine theories of grief and bereavement.
* Assess and evaluate a number of approaches to bereavement care for adults and children.


* Ability to select, summarise and synthesise written information from multiple sources and to relate this to existing bodies of knowledge. (T/F/A)
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models. (T/F/A)
* Ability to apply theoretical notions to practical problems and phenomena. (T/F/A)
* Can demonstrate detailed knowledge of the specialist area and its application within research and practice.
* Can communicate ideas and research findings both effectively and fluently by written, oral and visual means. (T/F/A)
* Ability to produce work to agreed specification and deadlines.
* Ability to work independently, without close supervision or guidance.
* Can solve problems by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions and evaluating outcomes. (T/F/A)
* Can undertake self directed study and project management in order to met desired objectives. (T/F)
* Is able to take charge of their own learning, and can reflect and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses for the purposes of future learning. (T/F)

In this unit we will discuss a number of concepts, theories and models that have been influential in our understanding of loss, grief and bereavement across the life cycle including:
* Understanding how loss, grief and bereavement are linked.
* Loss across the life cycle and the development of psychosocial competence.
* Coping and adaptation to loss in chronic illness.
* Resilience.
* Grief reactions to different types of loss and bereavement.
* Psychological, social and physical impact of bereavement on the individual.
* Theories of grief and bereavement, including Freudian concepts, psychosocial transition, attachment, and grief work.
* Evaluation of current models of grief and their impact on bereavement services.
* Application of theoretical understanding to loss, grief and bereavement in clinical settings.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS30128 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.