Jennifer
I feel like I am a little stuck on what to write for my draft.  I am doing the non-thesis option and taking the additional credits.  I talked to Ms. Resler about ideas of what to do for possibly my internship project next spring.  However, she said it has to be a tangible item the hospital needs me to do not so much research.

I was thinking about a parent handbook with links of resources.

I am also interested in bereavement and sibling support groups. 

Bereavement in children, adolescents and their surviving parents

Biological Psychiatry, Vol. 42, Issue: 1, July 1, 1997. pp. 200S Weller, E.
Five percent of children and adolescents lose a parent by the age fifteen. Most research done in this area is methodologically flowed or retrospective. In this presentation a brief review of the literature will be followed by a presentation focusing on looking at bereavement as a model to study depression. Data from an ongoing study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health will be presented in a developmental manner followed by individual statements by children, adolescents and…

Annotation: Childhood Bereavement Following Parental Death
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. 41, Issue: 7, October 2000. pp. 819-830 Dowdney, Linda
Psychological outcomes in children who have experienced the death of a parent are heterogeneous. One child in five is likely to develop psychiatric disorder. In the year following bereavement, children commonly display grief, distress, and dysphoria. Nonspecific emotional and behavioural difficulties among children are often reported by surviving parents and the bereaved children themselves. The highest rates of reported difficulties are found in boys. This review identifies the…

Bereavement care interventions: a systematic review
BMC Palliative Care, Vol. 3, Issue: 1, 2004. pp. 3 Forte, Amanda; Hill, Malinda; Pazder, Rachel; Feudtner, Chris
Background Despite abundant bereavement care options, consensus is lacking regarding optimal care for bereaved persons. Methods We conducted a systematic review, searching MEDLINE, PsychINFO, CINAHL, EBMR, and other databases using the terms (bereaved or bereavement)…

Assessing children's and teenagers' bereavement when a sibling dies from cancer: a secondary analysis
Child: Care, Health and Development, Vol. 26, Issue: 5, September 1, 2000. pp. 381-400 Birenbaum, L K
Summary The purposes of this paper are to: (1) provide conceptual and empirical descriptions of the most frequently reported children's and teenagers' responses in anticipation of and after the death of a sibling from cancer; (2) describe these behaviours by age groups (3-5, 6-11 and 12-19 years); and (3) discuss the clinical utility of two new scales measuring children's bereavement. The literature review and an exploratory secondary analysis from a prospective longitudinal design were used to…

Bereavement: A Framework for those Working with Children
Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Vol. 5, Issue: 4, October 2000. pp. 521-539Melvin, Diane; Lukeman, Diane
This article aims to describe psychological factors which help or hinder coping with bereavement in childhood. Children can and do cope with the death of those close to them if they know what is happening and have the appropriate support to cope. However, children suffering from loss are likely to be in the care of adults who are also grieving and there is a need to support the adults and to mobilize other resources for the child. We discuss the timing and appropriateness of interventions from…


Or I could possibly do research on the benefits of a Child Life Program and its impact. (see the notes on Cheryl's idea)