A 37-year-old member asked:
How does grief from a death in the family affect a child's social development?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Glen Elliott answered
42 years experience in Child Psychiatry
Lots of variables: Your excellent question is hard to answer, because it depends on who died, age of child, effect on rest of family, and many other variables. Research shows that children who lose their mother before age 11 are at increased risk of depression as adults, but there are many possible explanations. Broadly, helping children grieve in age-appropriate ways is best way to minimize lasting impairment.
Answered on Oct 4, 2012
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