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Exhibition of Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms by Parents Who Have Experienced the Loss of a Child

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Kay Steward

on 21 July 2011

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Transcript of Exhibition of Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms by Parents Who Have Experienced the Loss of a Child

War Homicide Accident Illness Hypotheses >Some parents who lose children
will develop PTSD. >Parents will suffer more depression than the
normal population and the depression will last longer >Parents' symptoms of depression and grief will be intensified
if they have suffered previous trauma Participant Requirements:

> Child must have died at least 6
months previously

> Child must have been at least 2 years of age

> Participants will be recruited from across
various age and socioeconomic levels Newspaper
Ads Doctors' Offices Counseling Offices Pediatric Hospitals Support Groups Methodology > Traumatic Grief Inventory
> Beck Depression Inventory
> Trauma History Questionnaire > Interview Questionnaire Results Each year on the average in the US,
19 out of 100,000 children die. 1. The parents will score a 24+
score on the Traumatic Grief
Inventory indicating that long term
intensive grief is present
(complicated grief) 2.Some individuals will score
high on the PTSD Checklist
indicating that PTSD
symptoms are present even
after several months or years
have passed. 3. Scores on the Beck Depression
Inventory will indicate that these parents are sufffering from depression at a greater rate than the
general population especially if the death was more recent. 4. The Trauma History Questionnaire will show
that parents suffering PTSD and depression
will have suffered previous trauma in their lives. The survey will indicate that those who had support during the
critical time fared better than those
who did not. Those who had some kind of ritual
coped better with their grief. Their
future... Lastly, I would like to offer a special acknowledgement to my son Nathan whose 11 year old life was my inspiration for this project,

To my husband, John, who was the other half of this parenting team for a too short 28 years,

and to my children Lynn, Ashley, and Joshua who continue to inspire my life daily. Acknowledgement I would like to acknowledge and thank all
the parents who participated in this study by sharing
their experiences of love and loss


for their contribution to an enhanced understanding of
parental bereavement for the professional community. Whether they die by: Coping Skills It produces grief and trauma LIMITATIONS Those who could "make some sense of it" healed faster. Implications of
this Research Study Add to the body of knowledge
regarding child death and the parents'
response to it. Encourage counselors to find ways to
reach these parents. Find strategies to help parents still feel that life

is meaningful after the death of their child thus... helping to relieve the symptoms of PTSD, depression and grief. Which parents must
learn to deal with... Suicide Why this research study... --- Difficult to get parents to participate
--- Counselors' offices and support groups
vs those who did not talk to anyone
--- Untested Interview Questions
--- Self-Reporting
--- Some participants may not be very self-aware
--- There may be other psychological or physiological factors
leading to PTSD, depression and grief besides the
loss of a child Studies have shown that Americans
are experiencing more traumatic events than ever before.

Therapists will be seeing more people with complicated grief symptoms, depression and PTSD symptoms. Exhibition of Post-Traumatic
Stress Symptoms by Parents
Who Have Experienced the
Loss of a Child Counseling Offices Finding Participants Illness
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