Pottinger, Audrey M.
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Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health
Disrupted Caregiving Relationships and Emotional Well Being in School Age Children Living in Inner City Communities
Caribbean Childhoods: From Research to Action
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Three types of parent-child separation - parental death, migration and separation/divorce - were investigated in a sample of 52 children living in inner-city communities. Grief feelings were directly related to depressive and suicidal thoughts and poor self-esteem in children who had been separated from their parents through parental migration and divorce, but not death. Multiple regressions identified parental separation as the only loss that predicted poor self-esteem in children. Factors relevant to living in inner-city communities, such as exposure to violence and the quality of family functioning, were directly related to children's grief response to parental death or migration, but did not appear to worsen their psychological well-being. Direct comparisons of different types of childhood disruptions will advance our understanding of the grief experience of children who are separated from their parents.....