Year: 1982 Source: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, v.52, no.2, (October 1982), p.688-698 SIEC No: 19850985

The usefulness of coping as an explanatory variable in parental adjustment to the death of a child is suggested in a study of 194 parents who responded to a survey shortly after their bereavement & again a year later. The most adaptive coping strategies were active & externally directed, including replacement of the child & altruism; least adaptive were escape & preoccupation with the child. Effects of participation in a self-help group are examined & discussed.