Death and Children

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Death and Children

Capricia Wilder

University of Phoenix

PSYCH/600

April 7, 2014

Sarah Dross

Death and Children

This paper will discuss the finding from research gathered and personal experience that a child who loses a parent at a young age may struggle not only emotionally but also academically and socially. Losing a parent as a young child can have a detrimental effect on a child’s learning ability and emotional growth. Losing a parent at a young age can scare a child for life and make them emotionally detached and cause the child to have abandonment issues as an adult.

How a death of a parent effects a child scholastically

The death of a parent on any aged child is extremely painful and very difficult to understand. For a child who is still very young and just starting on their scholastic journey a death of a parent can be very confusing and hard to accept. A child in elementary school may not know how to answer the questions that their peers may ask them about the death. The child may also not understand how to handle the rush of emotions that they may experience when something reminds them of their parent that was lost. This is a very hard age to explain in great detail what has transpired and the child will have trouble grasping the reality of the situation. A child who loses a parent in middle school or junior high is more capable of grasping the situation and the finality of the event. According to "When a Parent Dies" (n.d.), Bereavement at this stage can lead to feelings of helplessness - something that directly contradicts the drive to be more independent at this stage (para.31). The child can have other difficulties in school while dealing with the emotions that they are feeling and they may act out by fighting with their peers or teachers. The death of a parent on a child who is a…...

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