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A bereavement support group reduced grief and distress in bereaved, homosexual men

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Question In homosexual men who have lost a close friend or intimate partner to AIDS, does a bereavement support group reduce grief and overall distress?


10 week randomised, unblinded, controlled trial.


Centres in the US.


197 homosexual men who were 18–65 years of age (mean age 38 y, 63% white, 58% HIV-1 seropositive), had lost a close friend or partner to AIDS in the previous 6 months, rated the loss as having a substantial negative effect, and were fluent in English. Exclusion criteria included prescribed medication that affected immune function, CD4 cell counts <0.05 x 109/l (50 cells/mm3), alcohol or substance dependence, …

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  • Source of funding: National Institute of Mental Health.

  • For correspondence: Dr K Goodkin, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (M836), University of Miami School of Medicine, 1400 NW 10th Avenue, Room 803-A, Miami, FL 33136, USA. Fax +1 305 243 4062.