This study explored how parent's religious coping styles influence their child's behavioral reactions following spousal bereavement. Fifteen participants were recruited from churches, bereavement groups, hospices, palliative care programs and from victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Individuals who lost a spouse within the past 3 years and who had a child between the ages of 7 and 14 years participated. Parents described the religious coping strategies they employed after the loss of their spouse on Pargament's Brief Religious Coping Scale as well as the symptoms of their child on the Child Behavior Checklist. Pearson correlations demonstrated a significant negative relationship between positive religious coping and externalization of symptoms, as well as a significant positive relationship between negative religious coping and externalization of symptoms. Finally, though the sample is small, a number of additional patterns emerged revealing that several death context variables had an impact on child adjustment.
Kelly R. Morton
Louis E. Jenkins
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Quality of life -- Religious aspects; Parents -- Death -- Psychological aspects; Bereavement in children; Grief in children; Children -- Death -- Religious aspects.
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Tauber, Beatrice A., "The Effects of Parent's Religious Coping on Children's Functioning after Loss" (2004). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 917.
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