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Horowitz, M.J. (1990). A Model of Mourning: Change in Schemas of Self and Other. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 38:297-324.

(1990). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 38:297-324

A Model of Mourning: Change in Schemas of Self and Other

Mardi J. Horowitz, M.D.


The mourning process may serve an evolutionary purpose, one that has allowed maximum survival characteristics. By passage through the phases of grief, the bereaved person prepares to make new commitments to others and to accept new personal roles. This passage involves an unconscious change in mental structures of meanings about the self and other people. This paper examines mourning in terms of such person schemas.

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