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Family Support

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A cognitive behavioral intervention for emotional distress among loved ones of missing persons (by Prof. Dr. Jos de Keijser, Lonneke Lenferink, Prof. Dr. Paul Boelen)



Having a loved one go missing may give rise to severe emotional distress, including overwhelming sadness and grief, persistent depression, and post-traumatic stress. To some extent, these symptoms resemble emotional distress following the death of a loved one. In recent years, significant progress has been made in the development of psychological, and mostly cognitive behavioural, interventions to target persistent distress following bereavement. In the current study, we examined to what extent these interventions can be useful in the treatment of persistent distress among loved ones of missing persons.






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