ERIC Number: EJ1067312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Cognitive Development Considerations to Support Bereaved Students: Practical Applications for School Psychologists
Brown, Jacqueline A.; Jimerson, Shane R.; Comerchero, Victoria A.
Contemporary School Psychology, v19 n3 p103-111 Sep 2015
Despite the number of deaths that occur worldwide each year and their negative effects on school-aged children and teenagers, teachers and school psychologists report not being properly prepared to assist grieving students (Adamson and Peacock, "Psychology in the Schools," 44, 749-764, 2007; Pratt et al. "Education," 107, 279-286, 1987). Therefore, it is vital that school psychologists increase their comfort in supporting bereaved students and help foster a greater understanding and acceptance surrounding death in the schools. Since an individual's understanding of death differs depending on his/her age and cognitive development, the current paper provides school psychologists with essential information to support bereaved students of all ages. Specific symptoms and considerations pertaining to different levels of cognitive development are first described. Next, developmentally appropriate strategies that can easily be applied in school settings are provided. The paper concludes with a case study describing the interventions utilized and comparing the outcomes in two school-based bereavement groups. Practical implications and areas for future research are also provided.
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Grief, School Psychologists, Case Studies, Age Differences, Death, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Intervention, Comparative Analysis, Program Effectiveness, Children, Adolescents
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