Adolescent Bereavement: A Nuanced Landscape of Loss
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The purpose of this thesis is to explore the topic of adolescent bereavement within the scope of three essays which together comprise a manuscript thesis. Drawing upon both structuralist and postmodern theoretical frameworks, these paradigms are used in combination to capture the developmental and constructivist elements of the adolescent bereavement experience. The essays that form the body of this thesis capture the domain of bereavement theory, major themes in the adolescent developmental literature, concepts related to attachment and loss, and relevant cultural constructs. Findings reveal the limited inclusion of adolescent perspectives within the primary scholarship and point to this as an area that warrants more inclusive forms of inquiry. Recommendations highlight the need for clinicians to be adept at working with this population and to do so with a therapeutic stance that reflects the developmental needs of individuals during this particular life stage.