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Death Stud. 2007 Apr;31(4):301-35.

Implications of parental suicide and violent death for promotion of resilience of parentally-bereaved children.

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  • 1Prevention Research Center, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.


This article considers the implications of suicide and violent deaths (including suicide, homicide, and accidents) for the development of interventions for parentally bereaved children. Analyses of data from the Family Bereavement Program find minimal differences in children's mental health problems, grief or risk and protective factors based on cause of parental death. In addition, cause of death did not substantially affect the relations between risk and protective factors and bereaved children's outcomes. It is concluded that cause of death from violence or suicide is not a very useful indicator of bereaved children's need for or likelihood of benefiting from an intervention.

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