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Grief, Loss and Adolescent Development
A comprehensive exploration of the physical, emotional, social and cognitive implications of grief during adolescence.
# 152524 | 10,467 words | 32 sources | APA | 2013 | CA

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The paper looks at the definition of grief and loss and explores the research on the grieving process and on the effects of grief on children and adolescents. The paper presents two tables, one on the developmental perceptions of death and their implications for bereavement and another on developmental stages and their respective responses to death. The paper examines in detail how grief affects the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive domains of adolescents, and also looks at major cultural considerations related to adolescent grief and loss. In addition, the paper explores what the implications are for school counselors and then considers strategies, tools and resources for them to utilize in practice. The paper shows how knowledge of how adolescent development influences grief processing is essential for those working with grieving youth.

Grief and Loss Defined
The Grieving Process
How Adolescents Grieve
The Implications of Grief and Loss
Grief and Culture
How Children Grieve
Implications for School Counselors
Strategies, Tools, and Resources for School Counselors

From the Paper:

"Issues of grief and loss affect a significant number of today's children (Morgan & Roberts, 2010). Children and adolescents are coming to school with experiences of death, divorce, separation, incarceration, and noteworthy transitions. Some may respond to their grief by treating them like adults, others may fail to recognize their grief at all (Webb, 2005). Children and adolescents experience pain as a result of loss; they experience grief. However, their developmental stages play a major role in their grief processing.
"Children and adolescents are continually developing--physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Their development influences their understanding of and responses to loss. Their perceptions of death and the grieving process are significantly different than an adult's. Knowledge of child and adolescent development as it pertains to grief processing is essential for those working with young grievers.
"A child's ability to understand the finality of death and its implications directly relates to his or her development. Recognizing the role of development in the grieving process allows counsellors to address the needs, worries, and grief that is unique to young grievers. Recently, there has been significant study in this field, highlighting the role that development plays, as well as the implications of child and adolescent grief."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Balk, D. (1996). Models for understanding adolescent coping with bereavement. Death Studies, 20 (4), 327-387.
  • Balk, D. (2011). Adolescent development and bereavement: An introduction. The Prevention Researcher, 18 (3), 3- 9.
  • Bowlby, J. (1981). Attachment and loss volume 3: Sadness and depression. London: Penguin books.
  • Broderick, P.C. &Blewitt, P. (2010). The life span: Human development for helping professionals (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.
  • Carter, F. (1989). Themes of grief. Nursing Research, 38(6), 354- 358.

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