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Student grief

Isidro Landa, Timothy J Bono, Tammy English
Recent theorizing has implicated affect regulation as central to the experience of homesickness. Conceptualized as grief due to losing social connections with close others when relocating, homesickness is associated with poor emotional and social adjustment. The present study examined how mood regulation and relationship quality - at home and in college - predict homesickness and negative affect among college students (N = 168). We assessed 16 mood regulation strategies as well as relationship quality each week over the first college term...
March 14, 2019: British Journal of Psychology
Sophie Soklaridis, Genevieve Ferguson, Sarah Bonato, Riley Saikaly, Pamela J Mosher
INTRODUCTION: Medical trainees and professionals do not perceive that they are adequately taught the skills to address issues of grief with their patients. Atypical grief responses can prolong suffering, interrupt normal activities and lead to increased morbidity and mortality. Grief training can help physicians cope with feelings about and responses to suffering, loss and death in a way that improves both physician and patient/family wellness. This scoping review will describe the current landscape of grief training worldwide in medical school and residency and in continuing professional development in the disciplines of paediatrics, family medicine and psychiatry...
February 22, 2019: BMJ Open
Gary L Stein, Cathy Berkman, Bonnie Pollak
OBJECTIVE: Palliative social workers have taken steps to increase the numbers of social workers trained and competent to deliver effective psychosocial palliative care. Despite these developments, masters of social work (MSW) programs have only begun to develop curricula preparing students for entry-level practice. This study sought to determine the type and extent of content areas included in MSW courses dedicated to palliative care or with content related to palliative care practice...
February 4, 2019: Palliative & Supportive Care
Melissa A Smigelsky, Jamison S Bottomley, George Relyea, Robert A Neimeyer
Previous research examining the interrelationship between attachment, relationship quality, and bereavement outcomes suffers from a lack of precision and sophistication in the measurement of the core constructs of interest. The present study adapted an existing measure of attachment and employed a novel instrument of relationship quality to examine specific attachment to and relationship quality with the deceased as contributors to grief symptom severity. A sample of 385 bereaved college students completed measures retrospectively assessing relationship quality, attachment to the deceased, and grief symptomatology...
January 9, 2019: Death Studies
Koustuv Saha, Ingmar Weber, Munmun De Choudhury
Student deaths on college campuses, whether brought about by a suicide or an uncontrollable incident, have serious repercussions for the mental wellbeing of students. Consequently, many campus administrators implement post-crisis intervention measures to promote student-centric mental health support. Information about these measures, which we refer to as " counseling recommendations ", are often shared via electronic channels, including social media. However, the current ability to assess the effects of these recommendations on post-crisis psychological states is limited...
June 2018: Proceedings of the ... International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media
Jasmine R Eddinger, Tori M Humiston, Madison L Sutton, Lisa Jobe-Shields, Joah L Williams
OBJECTIVE: Thousands of Americans grieve the sudden death of a loved one each year. These sudden deaths may be the result of violent deaths, as in the cases of homicide, suicide, or fatal accidents, or may occur as the result of natural causes such as heart attacks or strokes. Sudden loss survivors often experience negative mental health outcomes such as depression, prolonged grief disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Survivors may also misuse alcohol for varied reasons after these losses, which can put them at risk for alcohol-related consequences...
November 19, 2018: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
Mack Lipkin
When suicide happens close to doctors, students, and faculty, to our families, friends, colleagues, students, residents, fellows and patients, it challenges us as individuals and as members of institutions that seek to provide safety and support. The US suicide rate has increased and suicide remains difficult to predict or to prevent despite its association with depression and addiction. It is less common in medical students and residents than in the general, age-matched population but generates troubling, complex aftershocks for us...
November 13, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
Ekhlas Al-Gamal, Shahad Bin Saeed, Agnes Victor, Tony Long
The purpose of the current study was to examine the association between prolonged grief disorder, perceived social support, and severity of depression among Saudi Arabian university students after the death of a significant individual. A cross-sectional design was used to examine descriptive characteristics, correlational relationships, and statistical mean differences between male and female participants on prolonged grief disorder (PGD) scores in a convenience sample of Saudi Arabian college students. The Prolonged Grief Disorder-13 tool, Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support, and the revised Beck Depression Inventory® were completed by 226 Saudi Arabian undergraduate students...
October 26, 2018: Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services
Monica L Miller, Casey Boyer, Mitchell R Emerson, Michael W Neville, Elizabeth T Skoy, Eleanor M Vogt, Lucio Volino, Cathy L Worrall, Kimberly L Zitko, Libby J Ross
The 2017-2018 American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Student Affairs Standing Committee addressed charges related to student wellness and resilience and identified ways where AACP can assist member organizations to build positive wellbeing in students. The Committee report provides nine recommendations to AACP, three suggestions for colleges and schools of pharmacy, and one proposed policy statement related to student wellness and resilience. The report focuses on themes of consequences of burnout and declining resilience, culture shift around wellness, creating community around times of grief, partnerships with member organizations to create campus cultures that promote overall wellbeing and strategies to help students to manage stress in healthy ways...
September 2018: American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Benjamin W Bellet, Robert A Neimeyer, Jeffrey S Berman
The centrality of a loss to a bereaved individual's identity is associated with greater symptomatology, whereas meaning made of a loss is associated with positive outcomes. This article examines meaning made as a moderator of the relationship between event centrality and symptomatology. Our sample consisted of 204 bereaved undergraduate university students. Centrality was assessed using the Centrality of Events Scale, meaning made was assessed using the Integration of Stressful Life Experiences Scale, and symptomatology was assessed using the posttraumatic stress disorder Checklist-Civilian and Inventory of Complicated Grief-Revised...
November 2018: Omega
Martin Lytje
This study explores how Danish students experience returning to school following parental bereavement. Eighteen focus group interviews with 39 participants aged 9 to 17 years were conducted. All participants had experienced the loss of a primary caregiver. Data collection was divided into two phases. In Phase I, 22 participants from four grief groups were interviewed 4 times over the course of a year. During Phase II, confirmatory focus groups were undertaken with the 17 participants. This article explores findings related to the four themes of initial school response, long-term support, challenges within the class, and academic challenges...
November 2018: Omega
Nora Gross, Cassandra Lo
Prior research shows that many teachers feel ill-equipped to deal with students experiencing loss, and teachers of Black male adolescents, in particular, sometimes mistake grieving for misbehavior. This multimethod case study investigated the way teachers and their Black male students at a single-sex school related around encounters with loss. We examined students' and teachers' grief experiences through stories that were shared during qualitative interviews and focus group meetings and by observing everyday interactions throughout the school building...
September 2018: School Psychology Quarterly
Katianne M Howard Sharp, Claire Russell, Madelaine Keim, Maru Barrera, Mary Jo Gilmer, Terrah Foster Akard, Bruce E Compas, Diane L Fairclough, Betty Davies, Nancy Hogan, Tammi Young-Saleme, Kathryn Vannatta, Cynthia A Gerhardt
The objective was to characterize the relation between different sources of school-based social support (friends, peers, and teachers) and bereaved siblings' grief and grief-related growth and to examine whether nonparental sources of social support buffer the effects of low parent support on bereaved siblings. Families (N = 85) were recruited from cancer registries at 3 pediatric institutions 3-12 months after a child's death. Bereaved siblings were 8-18 years old (M = 12.39, SD = 2.65) and majority female (58%) and White (74%)...
September 2018: School Psychology Quarterly
David J Schonfeld, Thomas P Demaria
School psychologists are in a unique position to both identify and work with grieving students; to provide guidance to schools, families, and peers on approaches to support such children and youth; and to offer training to classroom educators so that they are better prepared to support grieving students. Yet, there has been minimal research published on this topic in professional journals. This special section of School Psychology Quarterly is devoted to grief and loss with the hope of beginning to narrow this gap in the literature...
September 2018: School Psychology Quarterly
Ji Min Cha, Ji Eun Kim, Min A Kim, Boyoung Shim, Myeong Jin Cha, Jung Jae Lee, Doug Hyun Han, Un Sun Chung
Background: The purpose of this study was to examine post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and complicated grief in Korean high school students who experienced a peer suicide. Methods: A total of 956 students were included in the statistical analysis. One week after a peer suicide, a school-based crisis intervention program was conducted. The cohort was followed-up at one week and five months after a peer suicide. The program consists of screening tests, educational sessions, and further interview with psychiatric specialists for the selected group...
July 9, 2018: Journal of Korean Medical Science
Zaid Allie, Edith Le Roux, Khantse Mahlatsi, Boitumelo Mofokeng, Zara-Anne Ramoo, Khanyisile Sibiya, Gina Joubert, Jan P Van Rooyen, Hanneke Brits
BACKGROUND: Patient death is an event that all health care workers will face at some point. Beyond the family, the greatest emotional strain is on people who work directly with the patient and family. Bereavement overload occurs after multiple losses without time for normal grief in between. AIM: To investigate bereavement overload, its effects and related coping mechanisms of personnel working in adult medical wards. SETTING: Four adult medical wards at National District Hospital, Bloemfontein...
June 18, 2018: African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine
Julie T Sanford
In any job setting, the sudden or expected death of a coworker can cause profound grief and loss. Moreover, in academic settings there are unique challenges that warrant further discussion. Given the aging of the nursing professoriate, the shortage of nursing faculty, and the medical advances prolonging our life expectancy, we can forecast a greater frequency of loss of faculty while employed. The impact of a faculty member death on colleagues, staff, and students can cause great distress and therefore requires careful attention and consideration for all...
May 2018: Journal of Professional Nursing: Official Journal of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
Andrew M Williams, Kelly W Muir
There is a severe shortage of donor corneas available worldwide for transplantation, with the number of patients in need of transplant greatly exceeding the number of cornea tissues available. Understanding awareness and attitudes about corneal donation worldwide is a critical step toward addressing this shortage. In this review, awareness of corneal donation and reported willingness to donate are summarized from 55 published studies across 13 countries. In general, many more respondents indicated positive attitudes toward eye donation and willingness to donate their eyes than the number of respondents who have pledged their eyes for donation, suggesting an unrealized potential of additional donors...
2018: Clinical Ophthalmology
Benjamin W Bellet, Jason M Holland, Robert A Neimeyer
A mourner's success in making meaning of a loss has proven key in predicting a wide array of bereavement outcomes. However, much of this meaning-making process takes place in an interpersonal framework that is hypothesized to either aid or obstruct this process. To date, a psychometrically validated measure of the degree to which a mourner successfully makes meaning of a loss in a social context has yet to be developed. The present study examines the factor structure, reliability, and validity of a new measure called the Social Meaning in Life Events Scale (SMILES) in a sample of bereaved college students (N = 590)...
June 5, 2018: Death Studies
Christina Melin-Johansson, Jane Österlind, Carina Lundh Hagelin, Ingela Henoch, Kristina Ek, Ingrid Bergh, Maria Browall
BACKGROUND: Undergraduate nursing students encounter patients at the end of life during their clinical training. They need to confront dying and death under supportive circumstances in order to be prepared for similar situations in their future career. AIM: To explore undergraduate nursing students' descriptions of caring situations with patients at the end of life during supervised clinical training. METHODS: A qualitative study using the critical incident technique was chosen...
April 2, 2018: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
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