Evidence-Based Practices for Parentally Bereaved Children and Their Families

Rachel A. Haine, Tim S. Ayers, Irwin Sandler, Sharlene Wolchik

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Parental death is 1 of the most traumatic events that can occur in childhood, and several reviews of the literature have found that the death of a parent places children at risk for a number of negative outcomes. This article describes the knowledge base regarding both empirically supported, malleable factors that have been shown to contribute to or protect children from mental health problems following the death of a parent and evidence-based practices to change these factors. In addition, nonmealleable factors clinicians should consider when providing services for children who have experienced the death of a parent are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-121
Number of pages9
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • evidence-based practices
  • parentally bereaved children
  • risk and protective factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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