The Role of Social Support on Complicated Grief Following Job Loss in Turkey and the Netherlands
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It is now known that job loss may cause complicated grief (CG) symptoms. However, the factors which are related to developing CG symptoms following job loss are little known. In order to contribute to the very knowledge, this study explored the relationship between job loss-related CG symptoms (JLCG), social support levels, and culture. Specifically, cultural dimensions of individualism and collectivism were investigated with 70 Turkish and 93 Dutch participants. It was found that there is a significant negative relation between JLCG and social support levels. Also, individualism was found to be associated with lower JLCG, while collectivism was associated with higher JLCG. Moderation analysis revealed that culture has a moderator role in the relationship between JLCG and social support.