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Depression of the Aging Parents Who Lost Their Only Child in China
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 4, Issue 4, July 2015, Pages: 83-89
Received: May 15, 2015; Accepted: May 29, 2015; Published: Jun. 17, 2015
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Peng Juan Wang, School of Culture & Social Development Studies, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
Xiao Fu Pan, School of Culture & Social Development Studies, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
Jin Yu Liu, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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Abstract
The CES-D scale is used to investigate depression of 201 aging parents who lost their only child in China. The results show that the bereaved parents have greater depression than the elder individuals in the general population. The results also indicate that sudden death and poor health have a significant positive relationship with depression of older parents who lost only one child. There is significant negative relationships between PTG and depression of older parents who lost only one child. The findings suggested the necessity of exploring psychological well-being of child-deceased elders and importance of developing interventions to assist these elders achieve posttraumatic growth from loss of their child.
Keywords
Posttraumatic Growth, Lost Only Child, Bereaved Parents
To cite this article
Peng Juan Wang, Xiao Fu Pan, Jin Yu Liu, Depression of the Aging Parents Who Lost Their Only Child in China, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Vol. 4, No. 4, 2015, pp. 83-89. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.20150404.11
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