Parental death in young adults with divorced compared to non-divorced parents: The effect on prolonged grief and mental health

Jette Marcussen, Lise Hounsgaard, Maja O'Connor, Søren Møller, Rhonda Wilson, Frode Thuen

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This cross-sectional survey compares the risk of mental health problems like poor well-being, complicated and prolonged grief, and mental disorders between young adults experiencing a divorced or non-divorced parent’s death. 190 participants were recruited from Facebook via the Danish National Center for Grief. Well-being was measured using WHO-5, prolonged grief using PG-13 and complicated grief using BGQ, and common mental disorders using CMDQ. Findings confirmed deleterious effects on mental health in young adults experiencing parental death, but higher risk, when losing a divorced parent compared to a non-divorced parent, was associated to prolonged grief, complicated grief, bodily distress syndrome, and alcohol misuse.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDeath Studies
Publication statusPublished - 10 Aug 2019

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