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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