Title

College Students’ Experiences with Loss of a Grandparent

Date

5-28-2015 11:00 AM

End Time

28-5-2015 11:15 AM

Location

Werner University Center (WUC) Columbia Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

David Foster

Session Chair

Jaime Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences Oral Session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

David Foster

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

This qualitative study explores the effects of grandparent death on college students. Participants (N = 74) who experienced grandparent death within the previous four years answered open-ended survey questions administered during undergraduate courses. Analyses revealed individual and familial implications linked to quality of relationships with grandparents, death trajectories, and coping skills. Students reported that family systems typically were strengthened after the death. Outcomes highlight the need for support resources for bereaved college students and the potential need for assistance as they assume new responsibilities within families.

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May 28th, 11:00 AM May 28th, 11:15 AM

College Students’ Experiences with Loss of a Grandparent

Werner University Center (WUC) Columbia Room

This qualitative study explores the effects of grandparent death on college students. Participants (N = 74) who experienced grandparent death within the previous four years answered open-ended survey questions administered during undergraduate courses. Analyses revealed individual and familial implications linked to quality of relationships with grandparents, death trajectories, and coping skills. Students reported that family systems typically were strengthened after the death. Outcomes highlight the need for support resources for bereaved college students and the potential need for assistance as they assume new responsibilities within families.