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Posttraumatic growth after struggling with the loss of a parent in young adulthood
Department of Health Care Sciences/Palliative Research Centre, Marie Cederschiöld University, Stockholm, Sweden;Function Area in Social Work and Health, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0440-637X
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Linnaeus University, Kalmar, Sweden;Department of Research, Region Kalmar County, Kalmar, Sweden.
Function Area in Social Work and Health, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden;Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society/Division of Family Medicine and Primary Care, Karolinska Institutet Huddinge, Stockholm, Sweden;Department of Research and Development/ Palliative Care, Stockholms Sjukhem, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Health Care Sciences/Palliative Research Centre, Marie Cederschiöld University, Stockholm, Sweden;Department of Research and Development/ Palliative Care, Stockholms Sjukhem, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2023 (English)In: Omega, ISSN 0030-2228, E-ISSN 1541-3764Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study aims to examine posttraumatic growth and its associations with parental bereavement among adolescents and young adults. Fifty-five young adults who had lost a parent to cancer at least 2 months earlier and were about to attend a support group at a palliative care service were recruited. Data was collected through questionnaires before support group participation, about 5–8 months after the loss and at a 6-month follow-up, about 14–18 months after the loss. The result shows that the young adults experienced posttraumatic growth, mostly in the domains Personal strength and Appreciation of life. Posttraumatic growth was associated with bereavement outcomes, especially life satisfaction, a feeling of meaning in future life and psychological health. The result is of value for health care professionals as it adds information about the importance of supporting constructive rumination to enhance the possibility to positive psychological change after a parent’s death.

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SAGE , 2023.
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bereavement, palliative care, parental death, posttraumatic growth, young adult
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-42622DOI: 10.1177/00302228231187175ISI: 001016657400001PubMedID: 37385294Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85164192942OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-42622DiVA, id: diva2:1777871
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Clas Groschinski Memorial FoundationFamiljen Erling-Perssons StiftelseAvailable from: 2023-06-30 Created: 2023-06-30 Last updated: 2023-07-24Bibliographically approved

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