Title

College Students’ Response to the Death of a Loved One

Date

5-26-2016 11:15 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 11:30 AM

Location

WUC Santiam Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime M. Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Margaret Manoogian, Eric Cooley, Tamina Toray

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Of the many challenges that are faced by emerging adult college students, one of the least studied and understood is the impact of the death of a loved one. One dimension of importance is the nature of the relationship with the deceased individual. This multimethod study compares the effects of a peer and grandparent death on emerging adults (N=107), 74 students reported a grandparent death and 33 students reported a peer death as being the most significant death they had experienced in the last four years. Quantitative measures focused on Preoccupation, Closeness, Feelings about Loss (Negative, Positive and Guilt) and Positive Reappraisal. Qualitative data gathered from open-ended questions focused on the type of death and outcomes of grief. Qualitative analysis indicates that participants experienced distinctly different grieving processes depending on the type of death. Study results will help inform the ways support may be best offered for emerging adults experiencing grief and bereavement after the death of a loved one.

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May 26th, 11:15 AM May 26th, 11:30 AM

College Students’ Response to the Death of a Loved One

WUC Santiam Room

Of the many challenges that are faced by emerging adult college students, one of the least studied and understood is the impact of the death of a loved one. One dimension of importance is the nature of the relationship with the deceased individual. This multimethod study compares the effects of a peer and grandparent death on emerging adults (N=107), 74 students reported a grandparent death and 33 students reported a peer death as being the most significant death they had experienced in the last four years. Quantitative measures focused on Preoccupation, Closeness, Feelings about Loss (Negative, Positive and Guilt) and Positive Reappraisal. Qualitative data gathered from open-ended questions focused on the type of death and outcomes of grief. Qualitative analysis indicates that participants experienced distinctly different grieving processes depending on the type of death. Study results will help inform the ways support may be best offered for emerging adults experiencing grief and bereavement after the death of a loved one.