Drawing upon extensive interviews and assessments of school-age children who have lost a parent to death, this book offers a richly textured portrait of the mourning process in children. The volume presents major findings from the Harvard Child Bereavement Study and places them in the context of previous research, providing insights on both the wide range of normal variation in children's experience of grief and the factors that put bereaved children at risk. The book also compares parentally bereaved children with those who have suffered loss of a sibling to death, or of a parent through divorce, exploring similarities and differences in these experiences of loss. A concluding section explores the clinical implications of the findings and includes a review of intervention models and activities, as well as a screening instrument designed to help identify high-risk bereaved children.
Bio updated 9/01 for paperback release J. William Worden, PhD, ABPP, holds academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology in California. He is also Co-Principal Investigator of the Harvard Child Bereavement Study, based at the Massachusetts General Hospital. His clinical practice is in Newport Beach, California.
Table of Contents
Introduction I. Children and Their Families in Mourning 1. The Mourning Process for Children 2. When a Parent Dies 3. How Life Changes 4. How the Child Responds 5. Mediators of the Child's Bereavement Experience 6. Children at Risk II. Comparative Losses 7. When a Sibling Dies 8. The Loss of a Parent by Divorce III. How We Can Help Bereaved Children 9. Counseling and Intervention Issues 10. Intervention Models and Activities Epilogue Appendices: A. Project Assessment Instruments. B. Screening Instrument and Scoring Instructions.
Child psychologists and psychiatrists; counselors, social workers, and other helping professionals who work with grieving families; students and researchers in child and family psychology and bereavement. May serve as a text in advanced courses on bereavement, family and child therapy, and developmental psychopathology.