Parentally Bereaved Children: The Impact of Early Loss

The loss of a parent is one of the most traumatic events that can occur in a child’s life. A notable percentage of parentally bereaved children experience negative outcomes, including mental health problems. In this paper, a literature review is conducted on the effects of parental loss on children, the needs of parentally bereaved children, and the factors that contribute to healing. The latest theories about grief and the most effective interventions are explored. Because quality of post-loss child care is identified as a key factor in determining bereaved children’s outcomes, positive parenting is outlined. This paper also discusses childhood bereavement from the perspective of Adlerian Psychology.

Michele M. Dettloff
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