The associations of complicated grief, depression, posttraumatic growth, and hope among bereaved youth

Alison Salloum*, Anne Bjoerke, Carly Johnco

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Research on the association between complicated grief (CG), hope, and posttraumatic growth (PTG) among bereaved youth is limited. Measures of CG, depression, hope, and PTG were completed by 85 youth (aged 7–18 years). Results indicated a strong positive relationship between CG and depressive symptoms, an inverse relationship between hope and depressive symptoms, and a moderate positive relationship between hope and PTG. There was no significant association between CG and hope or between CG and PTG. Higher levels of CG and lower levels of hope independently predicted greater depressive symptoms, but PTG did not. Results have implications for assessing positive outcomes in bereaved youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)157-173
Number of pages17
JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Volume79
Issue number2
Early online date2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • children
  • complicated grief
  • posttraumatic growth
  • depression
  • hope

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