ERIC Number: ED364797
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Use of a Bereavement Support Group To Help Adolescents Cope with Loss.
Cornell, Nancy T.; Pack, David L.
This paper describes the use of a bereavement support group within the high school to provide an effective intervention for students who have experienced the loss of a significant family member or close friend. The first section examines the impact of parental loss on adolescents, noting that the loss of a parent might involve significant changes in the adolescent's support system, living situation, and possibly financial status; and that divorce can be a complicating factor in adolescent adjustment to the loss of a parent. The next section discusses the importance and benefits of a support group for grieving adolescents. The next section focuses on forming a bereavement support group, addressing such issues as referrals for group members, organization of the group, and screening of potential members. Group structure and process are examined in the next section. As the primary goal of the support group is to facilitate the tasks of mourning, these tasks are described in the next section: acceptance of the reality of the loss; effectively coping with the affect of grief; readjustment; and emotional withdrawal from the deceased. The final section of the document discusses a variety of group topics. (NB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (25th, Washington, DC, April 13-17, 1993).