Childhood bereavement

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7060.822 (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:822
  1. Richard Harrington, Professor in child psychiatry
  1. University Department of Child Psychiatry, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester M27 4HA

    Bereavement is painful but does not necessarily make children ill

    EDITOR,—Dora Black suggests that bereaved children and their families should routinely be offered counselling to prevent depression and other mental health problems in the future.1 Although psychiatric morbidity is increased in bereaved children, however, most of them do not develop important depressive conditions.2 Indeed, the association with child psychiatric disorder is not as strong as when …

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