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Childhood Bereavement Studies

Grace Hyslop Christ

in Healing Children's Grief

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105919
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195105919.003.0002
Childhood Bereavement Studies

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This chapter summarizes studies that underscore the support children feel when they are informed, and are an integral part of a family that does not withhold important information from them. Four relevant areas are reviewed: (1) the evolving models proposed to explain the complexity of how children cope with bereavement; (2) the relevance of models of traumatic stress to childhood bereavement; (3) the retrospective and prospective studies of adult and child bereavement; and (4) the relationship between divorce, traumatic death, and anticipated death. These perspectives help us to understand the variations in the findings from different studies and to clarify the significance of this research.

Keywords: bereavement; bereaved children; traumatic stress; divorce; death; parents

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