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The effects of bereavement in childhood 

The effects of bereavement in childhood
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The effects of bereavement in childhood
Author(s):

Dora Black

and David Trickey

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0230
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date: 18 August 2019

Bereavement in childhood, particularly the loss of a parent, represents a significant adversity, although the majority of bereaved children do not develop anything other than transient symptoms. Nevertheless, there is evidence that a brief preventive intervention can reduce subsequent morbidity. Children, who lose a parent through suicide, homicide, accident, or disaster, especially if they have witnessed the death, are at high risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric disorders and their treatment needs should be assessed by mental health professionals.

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