The Lived Experience of School for the Adolescent after the Death of a Parent
By: Ann Masterson
Published: 02/08/2012
Uploaded: 11/02/2017
Uploaded by: Pocket Masters
Pockets: 2012 (February) Teachers College Columbia University Ed.D. Dissertations, Gottesman Libraries Archive, Historical Dissertations
Tags: adolescence, grieving, parental death, school

Description/Abstract: This qualitative phenomenological study was done to better understand the school experience of adolescents after the death of a parent. The participants were individuals who experienced the death of a parent during adolescents. They were at least three years past the death experience and as much as 43 years past the death of a parent when they participated in this study. The study involved personal, reflective interviews with each of the participants. The interviews were analyzed and compared to identify five recurring themes. Three essences were identified which evolved into one essential essence. Grief issues that were not identified in this study were addressed. Potential positive effects of grief and coping features and strategies were explored. Issues affecting participants’ reactions to parental death were identified. The limitations of the study were summarized. The implications for school personnel were discussed, and
recommendations for future research were suggested.