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ERIC Number: ED209582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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How Well Do We Support Parents After the Death of a Child?
Oakland, Ronald G.
The support of friends and religious groups is a critical factor in the ability of parents to adjust to the death of a child. Two groups (N=19 each) of bereaved parents completed a questionnaire to assess their grief reactions. The results found that parents took an average of 11 months to return to an approximate level of personal happiness experienced before their child's death. Religious groups and helping professionals were major sources of support. Parents spent an average of five months to function smoothly again. Mourning practices and the help of medical professionals (doctors, nurses, and psychiatrists) were important supportive components for older parents. The findings suggest that for parents to successfully complete the mourning process, friends, family and professionals need to play a more active role. (Author/JAC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Social Support