Long-term effects of the death of a child on parents' adjustment in midlife

Title

Long-term effects of the death of a child on parents' adjustment in midlife

Creator

Rogers CH; Floyd FJ; Seltzer MM; Greenberg J; Hong J

Publisher

Journal Of Family Psychology

Date

2008

Subject

Female; Humans; Male; Grief; Adult; Follow-Up Studies; Middle Aged; Death; Health Status; Longitudinal Studies; Wisconsin; Time; Stress; adolescent; Adaptation; Psychological; bereavement; Parents/psychology; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales; Marriage/psychology; Bereavement Leave Policy Paper; Depressive Disorder/diagnosis/etiology/psychology; Family Conflict/psychology; Psychological/diagnosis/etiology/psychology

Description

The death of a child is a traumatic event that can have long-term effects on the lives of parents. This study examined bereaved parents of deceased children (infancy to age 34) and comparison parents with similar backgrounds (n = 428 per group) identified in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. An average of 18.05 years following the death, when parents were age 53, bereaved parents reported more depressive symptoms, poorer well-being, and more health problems and were more likely to have experienced a depressive episode and marital disruption than were comparison parents. Recovery from grief was associated with having a sense of life purpose and having additional children but was unrelated to the cause of death or the amount of time since the death. The results point to the need for detection and intervention to help those parents who are experiencing lasting grief.
2008

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

203-211

Issue

2

Volume

22

Citation

Rogers CH; Floyd FJ; Seltzer MM; Greenberg J; Hong J, “Long-term effects of the death of a child on parents' adjustment in midlife,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 5, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14316.

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