Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Preferred Name - First Author

Reighard, Erica

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Department

Department of Nursing

Advisor(s)

Arlene Kelley

Julie Strunk

Debbie Gleason

Abstract

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.

 
 

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