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Children's reactions to parental and sibling death.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current psychiatry reports
Publication Date
Volume
8
Issue
2
Pages
115–120
Identifiers
PMID: 16539886
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A significant population of children will experience bereavement because of the death of a parent or a sibling. This grief is different from the bereavement seen in adults and needs to be understood in a developmental context. Cognitive and emotional understanding of death and dying in children gradually evolves with age. This report provides clinicians with information regarding the unique developmental elements in children that relate to the process of bereavement secondary to parental and sibling loss, risk factors for complicated grief, the warning signs of depression and anxiety beyond normal grief reaction, and the guidelines for intervention in children.

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