The validation of the Texas revised inventory of grief on an older Latino sample.

TitleThe validation of the Texas revised inventory of grief on an older Latino sample.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsWilson, S
JournalJ Soc Work End Life Palliat Care
Date Published2006
ISSN Number1552-4256
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Bereavement, Culture, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Female, Grief, Hispanic or Latino, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Psychometrics, Reproducibility of Results, Socioeconomic factors, Surveys and Questionnaires, Texas

PURPOSE: Bereavement is considered to be one of the most profound experiences in older adulthood. However, assessments of emotional reactions to grief and loss have often been based on measures tested on primarily Anglo samples. This study examined the validity and factor structure of a commonly used bereavement measure on an older Latino sample.

DESIGN AND METHODS: Using convergent and discriminant validation procedures, this instrument was tested using a purposive sample of 134 older, recently bereaved Latinos.

RESULTS: While the instrument was originally designed to measure two domains of grief: Past Behaviors and Present Feelings, confirmatory and exploratory factor analysis revealed a three-factor solution for this sample which included also Disbelief of the loss. Items within this domain included anger, rejection, and a sense of injustice.

IMPLICATIONS: This study underscores the need for improved measures in research on grief and bereavement to capture the intensity and severity of grief in a cross-cultural context.

Citation Key13121
PubMed ID17387094