ERIC Number: ED320046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
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Death of a Parent in Childhood and Adult Depression.
Jakobczuk, Maria Rose
Studies investigating the association between death of a parent in childhood and risk of adult depression are reviewed. Some studies have found a positive association between childhood bereavement and adult depression while others have found either no association or mixed results. These inconsistent and conflicting findings are primarily due to methodological limitations such as poorly defined variables, errors in sample selection, and confounding variables. There are three possible explanations for the findings: (1) the positive association between childhood bereavement and adult depression may be highly specific depending on the type of loss, age at loss, gender of the child, and other variables; (2) negative findings may be accurate and there may be no substantive relationship between childhood bereavement and adult depression; and (3) childhood bereavement may have a weak effect upon risk of adult depression. Recommendations for future research are provided. Forty-two references are included. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Information Analyses
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Note: Doctoral research paper, Biola University.