INTERNATIONAL PROLONGED GRIEF DISORDER SCALE

A new measure under development for ICD-11 Prolonged Grief Disorder

The WHO ICD-11 Working Group on Disorders specifically associated with stress developed clinical guidelines for the prolonged grief disorder (PGD) (Maercker et al. 2013). These guidelines are structured following the remit of the new ICD-11 to provide: a narrative definition, to include cultural features, to provide core symptoms and be easy to use in the clinical setting (Reed 2010).


The IPGDS seeks to operationalize the ICD-11 definition of PGD in a self-report questionnaire format. The ICD-11 PGD definition is structured to have two core symptoms (item 1, item 2) and examples of emotional pain (accessory items 3-12). Item 13 indicates functional impairment and item 14 indicates cultural norms. The core and accessory symptoms are represented questions from previous measures (i.e. the integration of items from the PG-13 (Prigerson et al. 2008) and the SCI-CG (Bui et al. 2015). A new question on culture norms of bereavement is also included. The threshold for clinical diagnosis of PGD is currently under investigation.

Below you will find instructions for the IPGDS that outlines provisional guidelines for scoring and diagnosis:

The International Prolonged Grief Disorder Scale INSTRUCTIONS


The International Prolonged Grief Disorder Scale_English Version

The International Prolonged Grief Disorder Scale_German Version

The International Prolonged Grief Disorder Scale_Portuguese Version

The International Prolonged Grief Disorder Scale_Mandarin Version