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The effects of bereavement in childhood

Dora Black and David Trickey

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0230
The effects of bereavement in childhood

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Bereavement in childhood, particularly the loss of a parent, represents a significant adversity, although the majority of bereaved children do not develop anything other than transient symptoms. Nevertheless, there is evidence that a brief preventive intervention can reduce subsequent morbidity. Children, who lose a parent through suicide, homicide, accident, or disaster, especially if they have witnessed the death, are at high risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric disorders and their treatment needs should be assessed by mental health professionals.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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