Complicated Grief in Palestinian Children and Adolescents

Ian G. Barron (Lead / Corresponding author), Atle Dyregrov, Ghassan Abdallah, Divya Jindal-Snape

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    This study aims to identify the traumatic losses and resultant complicated grief of adolescents in occupied Palestine. A secondary analysis was conducted on a data set from 133, 11-14 year olds who had completed the Exposure to War Stressors Questionnaire, the Children’s Revised Impact of Events Scale and the Traumatic Grief Inventory for Children (TGIC). For the first time, a statistically significant cut-off was applied to the TGIC. As a consequence, the co-morbidity of complicated grief was explored with posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. Findings indicate adolescents in Nablus experienced multiple traumatic losses resulting in 20% experiencing complicated grief. Because of the strict statistical cut-off, indications are this may be an underestimate. Complicated grief presented as a distinct trauma response. Recommendations are made for future research and practice.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number213
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Behavior
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Jun 2015


    • Traumatic loss
    • Complicated grief
    • Co-morbidity
    • Trauma


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