INVESTIGATION OF BEREAVEMENT PERIOD EFFECTS AFTER LOSS OF PARENTS ON CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS LOSING THEIR PARENTS

Demet Karakartal

Abstract


Important loss (death) in individuals’ life may cause various kinds of bereavement reactions. Most of the individuals cope with bereavement effects in various ways and they adapt themselves to the new situation. On the other hand, some individulas may have problems in coping with and analyzing bereavement period effects caused by loss. Parent loss in this period,  may bring serious developmental and academic problems in terms of children and adolescents. In this study, the fact that how the bereavement period affects education process and sanity of children and adolescents living in Northern Cyprus experiencing parent loss, how they cope with the bereavement period, by whom and how the loss is explained them and what schoolboards and guidance services do after the bereavement period caused by a loss, are investigated. In this sense, the effects of bereavement on children and adolescents’ education process and sanity and bereavement reactions are included in general. In the framework of the study done by the researcher, how parent loss bereavement period reflect their behaviours is investigated. In this way, it is found out that children and adolescents think of their death parents much more and longer than adults, their psychology, besides academic success and social relationship are affected negatively, as well. In the literature search done, it is determined that children and adolescents experiencing parent loss tend to have psycohological problems in their future life and this risk can be harder in the case the death is so sudden and having no person to replace for the death one. Besides, the importance of the fact that these people’ life conditions should be improved and supported by specialist and expert people, is emphasized too.

Keywords: bereavement pediod, loss of  parents, chıldren, adolescents


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