Year: 2003 Source: Omega, v.47, no.1, (2003), p.25-44 SIEC No: 20052126

This study examined the effectiveness of coping resources & strategies by following 173 bereaved parents prospectively for 5 years after their childrenÕs deaths by accident, suicide, homicide, or undetermined violence. Using hierarchical multiple regression procedures, it was examined how 3 predictors influenced parentsÕ mental distress & post-traumatic stress disorder: self-esteem, active/affective coping, & repressive coping. The results showed that at 1 & 5 years post death, self-esteem was a significant predictor of mental distress & post-traumatic stress disorder. (LC) (49 refs)