ERIC Number: ED068063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Grief Reactions Among University Students. Research Report 5-72.
Collins, Anne M.; Sedlacek, William E.
It was the purpose of this study to investigate possible ways that the University of Maryland, and particularly the student personnel and counseling staffs, could help students cope with the area of death and dying. Twenty-eight volunteer subjects from an introductory psychology class who had experienced the death of someone close to them completed the questionnaire anonymously. Students reported most often on their reactions to the deaths of grandparents (32%) and fathers (21%). Sixty-one percent reported the death as unexpected. Eighteen percent said their functioning was seriously affected for a few days, 25% said 1 to 4 weeks, 4% said up to 1 year, and 2.1% reported more than 2 years of impaired functioning. Forty-six percent mentioned that talking with friends was vitally important to them, and 23% said that regular activities helped them. Subjects reported that it would have been helpful if friends had not avoided the subject of death (21%), and suggested more courses or other University resources on dealing with the problems of death (14%). (Author)
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Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., College Park. Counseling Center.