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Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 499–514 | Cite as

AS A YOUNG CHILD’S PARENT DIES: CONCEPTUALIZING AND CONSTRUCTING PREVENTIVE INTERVENTIONS

  • Sally Dunning
Article

Abstract

The impending death of a parent with young children in the home presents a family with often overwhelming challenges. Social workers and other mental health professionals are in a position to assist such families if they understand the misperceptions, beliefs and veiled presentation of affect in children. The framing of proposed interventions in cognitive, affective and behavioral spheres will be discussed. Parent guidance, critical to the overall success of the intervention, is presented along with many clinical examples and vignettes.

Keywords

children terminal illness dying parent anticipatory grief 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Family Styles Child Bereavement Project, Dept. of PsychologyUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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