Effects of losing a parent

By Parenting for Brain

The death of a parent in childhood can have profound impacts on a child

About 3.5% of children under age 18 in the United States have experienced the death of their parent

Children who experience parental loss are at a higher risk for many negative outcomes

depression

Including

anxiety

somatic complaints

post-traumatic stress symptoms

shorter schooling

less academic success

lower self-esteem

and worsens the family economic status

The death of a parent usually increases the probability of inadequate care

In some families, that means increased pressures for the grieving child to take on responsibilities

and to isolate from friends

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