Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
College of Education and Human Services
Family and Child Studies
Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair
Grief in adolescence, Bereavement in adolescence, Parents -- Death -- Psychological aspects
The purpose of this qualitative study is to provide an early exploration of the reflections of young adults on the experiences of parental loss in adolescence. This study aims to understand what the impact of relationships with immediate family, extended family, and peers have on bereaved young adults, and how these relationships changed after the death of their parent. Qualitative methods were used to explore this area of research. Eleven participants were recruited through snowball sampling and personal connections, from Montreal and New Jersey. Using a phenomenological design, the participants were asked 14 in-depth questions using prompts and follow up questions for each. Interviews were transcribed, coded and analyzed for common themes. Four themes emerged from the data analysis: a) Pileup of stressors aggravate grieving; b) Benefits of social support; c) Coping strategies used by the participants; d) Adaptation to the loss of a parent: personal growth/maturation. Implications for future research and practitioners working with this population are considered.
Apelian, Eva, "Reflections of Young Adults on the Loss of a Parent in Childhood" (2017). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 346.