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Implications of Parental Bereavement and Other Family Adversities for Preventive and Health Promotion Pediatric Services

Implications of Parental Bereavement and Other Family Adversities for Preventive and Health... EDITORIAL Implications of Parental Bereavement and Other Family Adversities for Preventive and Health Promotion Pediatric Services HE ARTICLE BY MELHEM AND COWORKERS pediatricians aware of serious family adversities such as pa- “Antecedents and Sequelae of Sudden Pa- rental death. Open-ended questions about how a child is rental Death in Offspring and Surviving doing or about any major changes in the family may also Caregivers” is the most methodologi- uncover this information. Finally, while it is unlikely, be- T cally rigorous study to date of mental cause of the infrequency of parental death, that routine health disorders of parentally bereaved children. Their screening for this single specific adversity would be cost- findings that sudden parental death is associated with an effective, screening might be useful for the broader array increased risk for child mental health problems as well of family adversities that are associated with increased risk as increased mental health problems for the surviving par- for child disorder, such as mental illness of the parent, di- ent have significant implications for pediatric practice. vorce, or other major family adversities. Screening for the Before considering implications it should be noted that broad array of serious family adversities might be seen http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Pediatrics American Medical Association

Implications of Parental Bereavement and Other Family Adversities for Preventive and Health Promotion Pediatric Services

JAMA Pediatrics , Volume 162 (5) – May 1, 2008

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2008 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6203
eISSN
2168-6211
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.162.5.487
pmid
18458197
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Abstract

EDITORIAL Implications of Parental Bereavement and Other Family Adversities for Preventive and Health Promotion Pediatric Services HE ARTICLE BY MELHEM AND COWORKERS pediatricians aware of serious family adversities such as pa- “Antecedents and Sequelae of Sudden Pa- rental death. Open-ended questions about how a child is rental Death in Offspring and Surviving doing or about any major changes in the family may also Caregivers” is the most methodologi- uncover this information. Finally, while it is unlikely, be- T cally rigorous study to date of mental cause of the infrequency of parental death, that routine health disorders of parentally bereaved children. Their screening for this single specific adversity would be cost- findings that sudden parental death is associated with an effective, screening might be useful for the broader array increased risk for child mental health problems as well of family adversities that are associated with increased risk as increased mental health problems for the surviving par- for child disorder, such as mental illness of the parent, di- ent have significant implications for pediatric practice. vorce, or other major family adversities. Screening for the Before considering implications it should be noted that broad array of serious family adversities might be seen

Journal

JAMA PediatricsAmerican Medical Association

Published: May 1, 2008

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