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ERIC Number: ED433479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jun
Pages: 34
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An Investigation of Adolescent Knowledge of the Grief Process.
Dutton, J. Christian
This paper describes a study on adolescents' attitudes and perceptions of the grief process. The Adolescent Grief Knowledge Survey was administered to middle and high school students (N=164) to determine whether they knew: the definition of grief, the stages of grief, what can cause grief, and how long the grief process can last. Each survey was ranked with a score ranging from 0 to 4 according to the number of "yes" responses. Percentages of "yes" responses were calculated for each sex, race, and age. The mean score for each sex was compared to the mean scores for each race and age group of the same sex. A correlation coefficient was calculated for the relationship between age and mean scores because of the appearance of a strong positive correlation. It was determined that the adolescents who participated had a good understanding of the definition of grief and its causes. The findings suggest that these adolescents did not possess enough knowledge of the grief process to deal with loss in a healthy fashion, and that the younger adolescents were especially vulnerable. It is recommended that counselors enhance their skills in grief counseling and that grief education be added to health curriculums of schools. Appendix A is the Survey. (Contains 36 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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