Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 511–525

Adolescent response to the death of a parent

  • Ross E. Gray

DOI: 10.1007/BF02138818

Cite this article as:
Gray, R.E. J Youth Adolescence (1987) 16: 511. doi:10.1007/BF02138818


Participants in the present study, while between the ages of 12 and 19, had a parent die. The death had occurred not less than 6 months and not more than 5 years prior to psychological testing and interview. The effects of loss, as assessed by the Beck Depression Inventory and other measures, were considered in relation to a number of independent factors. Factors found to influence healthy adaptation included high levels of informal social support postloss, good relations with the surviving parent prior to loss, a balanced personality style, and presence of religious beliefs.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ross E. Gray
    • 1
  1. 1.Sunnybrook Medical CenterTorontoCanada