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(p. 40) Life Crises: Grief, Role Disputes, and Role Transitions 

(p. 40) Life Crises: Grief, Role Disputes, and Role Transitions
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(p. 40) Life Crises: Grief, Role Disputes, and Role Transitions
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John C. Markowitz

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10.1093/med-psych/9780197554500.003.0005
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date: 05 May 2021

This chapter details the process of the IPT therapeutic treatment approach in the three focal problem areas: grief (complicated bereavement), role dispute, and role transition. (The potential fourth IPT problem area is unneeded in the setting of disaster.) Each involves a basic treatment paradigm spread across the three phases of treatment, including an opening question to determine recent affectively charged events; communication analysis, to help patients understand their feelings in a recent interpersonal situation; exploring options, to resolve interpersonal difficulties; and role play, to help patients practice those options. IPT assigns no homework but uses the time limit to press treatment forward. Although the three problem areas differ thematically, all involve solving an interpersonal crisis by interpersonal means.

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