Parental losses

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1984 Jan;69(1):1-12. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1984.tb04511.x.


In a review article parental losses (PL) of children in different age and sex groups are psycho-analytically examined from the view point of the triangular family relationship, cognitive development of the children and their ability to mourn, delinquency, schizophrenia and affective illnesses, and lastly the controversies about and objections to bereavement study findings. It is concluded that many methodological problems make it difficult to compare study findings. Some unchallengeable laws have been found, but any single explanation of their aetiological meaning could not be shown. It is obvious that many psycho-social variables are involved in the interpretation of PL.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cognition
  • Death*
  • Family
  • Female
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Juvenile Delinquency / psychology
  • Male
  • Mood Disorders / psychology
  • Object Attachment
  • Oedipus Complex
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parents*
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Schizophrenic Psychology
  • Sex Factors