Children 15–17 Years of Age: Themes

Grace Hyslop Christ

in Healing Children's Grief

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195105919
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893973 | DOI:
Children 15–17 Years of Age: Themes

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This chapter describes the impact of terminal cancer on the lives of 35 mid-adolescents — 20 boys and 15 girls — aged 15 to 17. They come from 31 families, and their surviving parents were 16 fathers and 15 mothers. The chapter surveys the important developmental themes observed in this age group, the responses of the adolescents and their families to the parent's terminal illness, preparation for the death and family rituals, and the period of family reconstitution.

Keywords: terminal cancer; children; surviving parents; bereavement; bereaved adolescents; middle adolescence

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