Handbook of Adolescent Death and Bereavement by David Balk PhD, PhD Charles Corr PhD CT

By David Balk PhD, PhD Charles Corr PhD CT

During this complete guide, Charles Corr and David draw back increase our figuring out of the demanding situations confronted via children while dealing with loss of life, loss of life, and bereavement. the amount is geared up into 3 elements. half I addresses particular concerns serious about confrontations with loss of life. half II makes a speciality of the function of bereavement. half III explains particular healing interventions for caregivers. The authors introduce us to early life as a distinct time within the human existence cycle, a interval particularly become independent from formative years and maturity. They identify normative teenagers, and clarify developmental initiatives which are regular of early, heart, and overdue formative years.

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This is a seemingly uncontrollable situation, similar to the probability of the earth being struck by a comet or an asteroid, that may become more likely with the recent rise of international terrorism. Thus, tension may be created by the juxtaposition of both optimistic and pessimistic components of the future (Cottle, 1972). According to Elkind's (1978) notion of the "personal fable," adolescents become so wrapped up in their own thoughts and their own des- 32 Death tiny that they fail to recognize just how ordinary and human they really are.

A rich, cognitive explosion is found in young, logical minds that must also contemplate their own demise. Social conflicts among friends, between adults and peers, and among competing or diverse cultural pressures may introduce an increased sense of isolation. An emotional "roller coaster" of reworking attachment relationships, and the emerging sense of personal identity, contrasts with feelings of anxiety, depression, and the loss of self. The chapter concludes with considerations designed to assist parents, teachers, and other adults in helping to reduce adolescent ambiguities about death.

The vibrancy of these biological transformations infuses Adolescent Understandings of Death 27 adolescents with ecstasy, optimism, and joy. They permit a reveling in physical sensations and accomplishments that appear to be exactly the opposite of death. In fact, there has been a gradual decline in adolescent deaths attributable to natural causes, such as cancer and heart disease. Over the past 50 years, however, this decrease has been partly offset by rising mortality rates from accidents, homicide, and suicide (National Research Council, 1993).

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