Prediction of individual differences in adjustment to loss: acceptance and valued-living as critical appraisal and coping strengths
Our strengths-based model of coping with death and dying proposes acceptance and valued-living as key coping and appraisal strengths for the bereaved. These are core components of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). The aim of this study was to provide an initial exploration of the theorized relationships via a survey of 97 bereaved university students. Using hierarchical regression analysis it was found that acceptance and valued-living were significant predictors of grief, while controlling for other model variables and loss characteristics. Results have implications for ACT-based approaches in supporting those bereaved who are struggling with their grief.