Questionnaires for professionals

Measurement of grief (disorder), negative cognitions and avoidance behaviour

Practitioners and researchers can use questionnaires to carefully assess certain patient symptoms. This page lists questionnaires that can help measure symptoms after experiencing a traumatic loss. 

TGI-SR+: measuring (traumatic) grief  

The TGI-SR+ (Traumatic Grief Inventory questionnaire) can be used to assess symptoms of Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder (PCBD) and prolonged grief disorder<3 (PGD)}. These scientific articles provide more information about the TGI-SR+: 

Cultural assessment of loss and grief: measuring grief (disorder)  

How a person deals with grief and bereavement is influenced by their cultural identity norms. Cultural assessment of grief and loss is consequently needed for the diagnosis of and treatment planning for grief-related psychiatric disorders. We suggest this cultural assessment be conducted as a complementary module to the DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview. For more information on cultural assessment, read this scientific article from Psychiatry Online

Grief Cognitions Questionnaire (GCQ): measuring negative cognitions  

After the death of a loved one, people may have very negative thoughts, about themselves and the future for example. These so-called negative cognitions complicate grief.   

  • The Grief Cognition Questionnaire is a questionnaire that can be used to measure these negative cognitions in adults. You can read more about the Grief Cognition Questionnaire in this scientific article from SpringerLink
  • De Grief Cognitions Questionnaire for Children (GCQ-C) helps to assess negative thoughts that children may experience after loss. For more information on the Grief Cognition Questionnaire for Children (GCQ-C), please read this scientific article from SpringerLink. The Grief Cognition Questionnaire for Children can be found in the appendix.  

Depressive and Anxious Avoidance in Prolonged Grief Questionnaire (DAAPGQ)

The Grief Avoidance Questionnaire (GAQ) identifies the extent to which people who have suffered a loss tend to anxiously avoid stimuli related to the loss and stop activities that could help them cope with their loss. The 9-item GAQ measures this so-called anxious and depressive avoidance. The Grief Avoidance Questionnaire for Children (GAQ-C) identifies the extent to which children are prone to avoidance after loss. Would you like to know more? Read the Psychologica Belgica article on the Grief Avoidance Questionnaire (GAQ). 



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