Year: 1995 Source: JCAPN. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, v.8, no.2, (April-June 1995), p.5-17 SIEC No: 20011243

16 prepubertal children, their mothers, & a relative or caretaker, were interviewed to examine, grief, trauma, & behaviour within 25 months of paternal suicide. Reminiscing was the most frequently endorsed grief behaviour. Males were more likely than females to score above the standard means for Child Behavior Checklist scores. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder scores were significantly related to parental threats of divorce & exposure to death by discovery of the body. The concept of grief & trauma as separate & overlapping phenomena is supported by the study findings. (52 refs.)