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Exploration of Bereaved Adolescents' Use of Coping with the Loss of a Family Member


2011 2011

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Religious coping has been associated with positive psychological, emotional, and relational outcomes for adolescents dealing with various stressors. Clinical and theoretical literature on bereavement suggests that religious coping may be a resource for bereaved adolescents to deal with and overcome their distress following a loss due to death. However, no empirical research has yet been conducted on bereaved adolescents' individual coping methods let alone their use of religious coping methods. The aim of the current study was to explore the use of religious coping in bereaved adolescents and its role in their concurrent adjustment. Forty adolescents, aged 10 to 14, answered questions pertaining to their current internalizing and externalizing problems and their use of general and religious coping methods. Additionally, each participant's primary caregiver reported on the adolescent's adjustment and competency. Youth self-reports revealed infrequent use of general and religious coping methods and high levels of psychological distress. Correlation and regression analyses found positive associations between use of general coping and higher levels of self-reported internalizing and externalizing problems. Regression analyses suggested that religious methods of coping uniquely contributed to lower levels of self-reported externalizing problems. The current study provides the first empirical exploration of bereaved adolescents' individual use of general coping methods in response to their grief. This study also offers the first investigation of the association between religious coping and the adjustment of bereaved adolescents. Findings are discussed with regard to implications for intervention and directions for future research.

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Subject
Religion;
Behavioral psychology;
Clinical psychology;
Families & family life;
Teenagers;
Grief;
Emotions;
Death & dying;
Child development
Classification
0318: Religion
0384: Behavioral psychology
0622: Clinical psychology
Identifier / keyword
Philosophy, religion and theology; Psychology; Bereaved adolescents; Bereavement; Coping; Grief; Religious coping
Title
Exploration of Bereaved Adolescents' Use of Coping with the Loss of a Family Member
Author
Wright, J. Brooke
Number of pages
94
Publication year
2011
Degree date
2011
School code
0911
Source
DAI-B 72/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781124816425
Advisor
Flanagan, Kelly S.
Committee member
Neal Kimbal, Cynthia; Ratcliff, Donald
University/institution
Wheaton College
Department
Clinical Psychology
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
Psy.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3464849
ProQuest document ID
887096650
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/887096650
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