Parental depression following the death of a child

I. M. Martinson, B. Davies, S. McClowry

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Forty mothers and 26 fathers were examined for depression 2 and 7 years after the death of a child from cancer. There was no difference between parental depression at 2 and 7 years; however; 22% of the variance in parental depression at 7 years was accounted for by depression at 2 years. Both times, parental depression was unrelated to either the gender of the parents or the length of the child’s illness. The findings suggest that parental depression following the death of a child from cancer does not change significantly between the second and seventh years post death in the natural course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-267
Number of pages9
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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