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(p. 10) Defining Loss: Preparing to Support Bereaved Students 

(p. 10) Defining Loss: Preparing to Support Bereaved Students
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(p. 10) Defining Loss: Preparing to Support Bereaved Students
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Tina Barrett

and Lindsey M. Nichols

DOI:
10.1093/med:psych/9780190606893.003.0002
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date: 25 November 2020

This chapter addresses general knowledge about grief and bereavement in school-age children. Foundational information is offered to support how we define loss from individual, relational, cultural, and developmental perspectives. Childhood bereavement is a complex and highly individualized experience that is influenced by a variety of developmental, personal, and situational factors. Research on protective factors is highlighted, coupled with recommendations for practical strategies to use with bereaved students. Applying developmentally relevant resources designed to facilitate positive adaptation can help diminish negative and complex grief responses and promote healthy coping after the death of a loved one.

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