Journal article

The bereavement phenomenology questionnaire: a single factor only.

DW Kissane, S Bloch, DP McKenzie

Aust N Z J Psychiatry | Published : 1997


OBJECTIVE: To review the psychometric properties and factor structure of the Bereavement Phenomenology Questionnaire (BPQ). METHOD: Continuous data were compared using two tailed t-tests and analysis of variance. A confirmatory factor analysis was carried out. RESULTS: Good internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = 0.93) with a single factor has been found. The BPQ discriminates the intensity of grief between widows and widowers, spouses and offspring, and temporally between acute and later phases of bereavement. CONCLUSION: Although on the BPQ items are highly correlated and only a single factor has emerged, it remains nonetheless a valid and reliable scale for the measurement of grief.

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