Childhood traumatic grief: a multi-site empirical examination of the construct and its correlates.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

This study evaluated the construct of childhood traumatic grief (CTG) and its correlates through a multi-site assessment of 132 bereaved children and adolescents. Youth completed a new measure of the characteristics, attributions, and reactions to exposure to death (CARED), as well as measures of CTG, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anger. CTG was distinct from but highly correlated with PTSD, depression, and, to a lesser degree, anger. In contrast to a recent study of complicated grief, CTG severity was significantly associated with the degree to which the death was viewed as traumatic. CTG was also associated with caregivers' emotional reaction at the time of the death and caregivers' current sadness. Clinical implications and recommendations for future research are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brown, EJ; Amaya-Jackson, L; Cohen, J; Handel, S; Thiel De Bocanegra, H; Zatta, E; Goodman, RF; Mannarino, A

Published Date

  • 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 899 - 923

PubMed ID

  • 18990796

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0748-1187

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/07481180802440209


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States