Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity

Author(s) : Debra Umberson

Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity

Book Details

  • Publisher : Cambridge U.P.
  • Published : 2006
  • Category :
    Grief and Bereavement
  • Catalogue No : 26607
  • ISBN 13 : 9780521012966
  • ISBN 10 : 0521012961

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Reveals the remarkable change in our sense of self following the loss of a parent. When a parent dies, most adults are seized by an unexpected crisis that can trigger a profound transformation. Using in-depth interviews and national surveys, Dr Umberson explains why the death of a parent has strong effects on adults and looks at protective factors that help some individuals experience better mental health following the death than they did when the parent was alive. This is the first book to rely on sound scientific method to document the significant adverse effects of parental death for adults in a national population. Exploring the social and psychological risk factors that make some people more vulnerable than others, readers will come to view the loss of a parent in a new way: as a turning point in adult development.

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