The effectiveness of bereavement interventions with children: a meta-analytic review of controlled outcome research
- Currier, J.M., Holland, J.M., & Neimeyer, R.A.
- The effectiveness of bereavement interventions with children: a meta-analytic review of controlled outcome research
- Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Grief therapies with children are becoming increasingly popular in the mental health community. Nonetheless, questions persist about how well these treatments actually help with children's adjustment to the death of a loved one. This study used meta-analytic techniques to evaluate the general effectiveness of bereavement interventions with children. A thorough quantitative review of the existing controlled outcome literature (n = 13) yielded a conclusion akin to earlier reviews of grief therapy with adults, namely that the child grief interventions do not appear to generate the positive outcomes of other professional psychotherapeutic interventions. However, studies that intervened in a time-sensitive manner and those that implemented specific selection criteria produced better outcomes than investigations that did not attend to these factors.