Reduced autobiographical memory specificity in bereaved Afghan adolescents

Hamid Taher Neshat-Doost, William Yule, Mehrdad Kalantari, Sayed Rohollah Rezvani, Atle Dyregrov, Laura Jobson

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This study investigated the effect of bereavement (father death due to war in Afghanistan) on autobiographical memory specificity in Afghan adolescents living in Iran. Participants consisted of bereaved (n=70) and non-bereaved (n=33) Afghan adolescents. The measures included Farsi versions of the Autobiographical Memory Test, Mood and Feeling Questionnaire, Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale, and Impact of Event Scale. Results indicated that the bereaved group retrieved a significantly lower proportion of specific memories and a significantly greater proportion of extended and categoric memories than the non-bereaved group. Additionally, depression symptoms and reduced autobiographical memory specificity were significantly correlated. These findings suggest that bereaved adolescents have impaired autobiographical memory specificity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)700-709
Number of pages10
Issue number6
Early online date26 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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