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Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

Archival Department Name

Deaprtment of Nursing


Arlene Kelley

Julie Strunk

Debbie Gleason


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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