Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type


Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors



First Advisor

Louise Silvern


This study examined the relationship between childhood traumatic grief (CTG) in children and adolescents and complicated grief (CGD) in their adult caregivers. Data was collected from 499 families who were seeking services for bereavement at Judi’s House Bereavement Center in Denver, CO. Children’s pathological grief was assessed using the Extended Grief Inventory (Layne, Savjak, Saltzman, & Pynoos, 2001) and caregiver’s pathological grief were assessed using the Inventory for Complicated Grief (Prigerson et. al, 1995). Pearson correlations revealed a significant relationship between CTG and CGD, however, caregiver age and caregiver gender were found to be confounding variables in this relationship. Implications of these and other findings are discussed.

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