Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center

Complicated grief among bereaved adolescent girls in South Africa: Correlates and programmatic implications

Early bereavement is common in South Africa, where almost a fifth of children have lost a parent and many more have experienced the death of another family member or friend. However, little is known about young people’s psychological responses to loss in this setting. Greater understanding of children’s bereavement experiences has the potential to improve the effectiveness of interventions targeted to this group. To that end, the present analysis examines factors associated with complicated grief among bereaved adolescent girls in the country’s Free State province.

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