Adolescents' trajectory through peer loss after a road traffic accident

Death Stud. 2018 Jul;42(6):383-391. doi: 10.1080/07481187.2017.1355341. Epub 2017 Aug 23.


This mixed method study investigated the short- and long-term effects of peer loss on eight adolescents after a fatal school bus accident. Phenomenological analysis of their retrospective narratives revealed three patterns (living in despair, collecting my pieces, remembering, and moving on). Quantitative findings indicate progressive decrease in post-traumatic stress symptoms severity across time; increase in positive changes in perceptions of self, others, and life between 18 and 34 months; and stable continuing bond with the deceased peers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic*
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior / psychology*
  • Bereavement*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peer Group*
  • Retrospective Studies