EXPERIENCES OF LOSS AND MOURNING AMONG SCHOOL-CHILDREN AGED 13 TO 18
Maluf, M.R. and Domingos, B., Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
This study looks at the experiences of loss and mourning among 25 school-children aged 13 to 18 who suffered expressive losses through death. Methodology was based on a semi-structured interview, re-interview and a form to register data. Four answer categories were composed according to content analysis: reactions to loss, the mourning adolescent and family, the mourning adolescent and school, the mourning adolescent and his/her emotional expression. Adolescents showed greater difficulty in expressing and sharing losses which were a result of homicide, suicide and AIDS. Not only are such losses a consequence of problematic situations triggering strong emotional matters, but also they are worsened by the fact that they are often the object of prejudiced and moralistic attitudes in society. The majority of interviewed subjects consider family and school ineffective as a source of support for their needs resulting from mourning.