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Trauma of parent loss through divorce, death, and illness

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This paper examines the variations in childrens' responses to parent loss. Initially examined is the effect of institutionalization and foster care, and these experiences are contrasted with that of parent loss through death, divorce, and abandoment. Illustrative case vignettes are offered to attempt to highlight useful concepts drawn from ego psychology and self psychology, theories useful in providing clinicians with more precise diagnostic and prognostic acumen, to enrich ongoing treatment interventions with these child populations.

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Mishne, J.M. Trauma of parent loss through divorce, death, and illness. Child Adolesc Soc Work J 1, 74–88 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00757387

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Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Foster Care
  • Treatment Intervention
  • Illustrative Case
  • Child Population