Exploring the future for children experiencing parental death: Constructions of parental childhood bereavement

Draper, Ana (2008) Exploring the future for children experiencing parental death: Constructions of parental childhood bereavement. DSysPsych thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

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This thesis explores associations that could have an impact on the experience of a parental death in childhood. It suggests a methodology for establishing the prevalence of parental bereavement that helps the author to explore quantitatively any associated links between parental death in childhood and delinquency rates in 16-year-olds. As well as helping to establish the prevalence of parental death in childhood, the methodology also enables the author to explore possible contributing factors that could increase a child's vulnerability to the experience of parental death such as social class, age and gender of child and dead parent these are presented as a set of risk variables in which the data shows an increase in a parentally bereaved child's susceptibility to delinquent behaviour. It also compares themes within essays written by parentally bereaved children and none parentally bereaved children. The exploration used the Thematic Apparition Test coding as a framework from which to identify differences in the stories told about the future by each comparison group.

Item Type: Thesis (DSysPsych)
Additional Information: A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of East London in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for the Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional Doctorate in Systemic Psychotherapy, Thematic Apparition Test
Subjects: Emotions, Affective Psychology > Grief/Mourning/Loss
Families > Parent Child Relations/Parenthood
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services
URI: https://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1533

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