Effects of a Parent's Death on Adult Children: Relationship Salience and Reaction to Loss

@inproceedings{Umberson1994EffectsOA,
  title={Effects of a Parent's Death on Adult Children: Relationship Salience and Reaction to Loss},
  author={Debra Umberson and Meichu D. Chen},
  year={1994}
}
In this study we assess the impact of a parent's death on adult children's physical and psychologicalfunctioning. Individuals from 24 to 96 years old were interviewed in 1986 (N = 3,617) and again in 1989 (N = 2,867). In the intervening three years, 207 respondents experienced the death of a biological parent. Our results indicate that when compared to adult children who are not bereaved, bereaved adult children experience a significant increase in psychological distress and alcohol consumption… CONTINUE READING

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