Handbook on the Family and Marriage in China
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Handbook on the Family and Marriage in China

Edited by Xiaowei Zang and Lucy X. Zhao

This Handbook advances research on the family and marriage in China by providing readers with a multidisciplinary and multifaceted coverage of major issues in one single volume. It addresses the major conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues of marriage and family in China and offers critical reflections on both the history and likely progression of the field.
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Chapter 23: Death in the family – bereavement and mourning in contemporary China

Amy Y.M. Chow


Chapter 23 discusses bereavement and mourning in China. There are more than 10 million deaths in China each year. Assuming each death affects six persons, more than 60 million in China are facing the challenge of bereavement. This chapter offers an overview of the phenomenon of death in China as well as the history of the development of leading theories on bereavement. It reviews various theories include process stage theories, coping theories such as the task model and dual process model, as well as psychopathological theories. It also outlines the accounts that cover the relational, constructivist, and neurobiological aspects of bereavement.

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