Field Trial of a Complicated Grief Psychosocial Program for Adolescents in Occupied Palestine

Ian Barron, Ghassan Abdallah

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Abstract

The current study evaluated the new “Children and Grief” program for Palestinian adolescents (n = 158), aged 10–18, referred to counselors for complicated grief. A mixed methods quasi-experimental design involved non-randomized intervention group (n = 79), waitlist (n = 79), and measures of program fidelity and cost. Traumatic loss was identified from case files. Standardized measures assessed complicated grief, posttraumatic stress, and depression at pre and post-test. Interviews of 9 adolescents and 9
presenters explored subjective experience of program delivery. Analysis involved multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) and quasi-qualitative analysis of interviews. A large effect size was found for reduced complicated grief. Randomized control trials, longitudinal research, and studies that explore the impact of martyrdom on coping with grief are needed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)372-390
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Volume26
Issue number4
Early online date4 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • CBT
  • complicated grief
  • recovery
  • trauma

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