ERIC Number: ED312577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Bereavement: Applying Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development to College Students.
Floerchinger, Debra S.
One of the developmental challenges that a college student may have to face is the death of a significant other, friend, spouse, relative, child, or parent. This article reviews the literature on the potential effects of bereavement on a college student with respect to Erik Erikson's stage six of psychosocial development (intimacy versus isolation.) Suitable interventions with college students are discussed. These include: (1) education of student services staff and others in relation to the grieving process for all types of losses; (2) encouragement of student interviews by faculty members who deal with death and dying as an academic subject; (3) acknowledgement by counselors that all losses are potentially devastating and significant; (4) establishment of a formal policy concerning death on campus or notification of a familial death; (5) creation of a support group for bereaved persons; (6) special education programs for groups experiencing death or having a bereaved member; (7) assessment of religious values of students and referral to a minister or religiously oriented counselor if religion is a focal point; (8) provision of printed materials for students; (9) awareness by counselors of how clients' death and bereavement concerns can rekindle their own unresolved losses; and (10) attempts by professionals to view the acceptance of death as a potentially positive event in the developmental process. (ABL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Teachers; Practitioners
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