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Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Department of Nursing
Age and developmental stage directly influence the grieving individual's ability to understand and process death. Adolescents are especially vulnerable to developing negative coping skills such as substance abuse, self-destructive behaviors, and eating disorders. After a loss occurs, nurses can use their role as a caregiver who is neither a parent nor a peer to provide adolescents with an opportunity to express their grief. Nurses can educate grieving adolescents on the differences between positive and negative coping skills and can therefore reduce the number of future hospitalizations related to ineffective coping mechanisms.
Reighard, Erica C., "Adolescent Grief: The Nurse's Role in Promoting Healthy Coping Mechanisms and Preventing Future Hospitalizations" (2016). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 147.