Death of a Parent

Death of a Parent

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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.storiesa€“his fascinating stories about working on the railroad, . . . cutting timber in the Smokies. ... Like when my father was in the Navy. . . we found a whole stack of little letters tied up in little ribbons that he had sent home to Mom. . . . You go back and you think, I never knew my dad talked about me like that a€“ a€œTo my precious little baby darling daughter, your loving Da-da and kiss your sweet Mama for me.

Title:Death of a Parent
Author: Debra Umberson
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 2003-04-28

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