Children and Grief

Children and Grief – Common Responses

3-6 Years

  • Regression in behaviour
  • Irritable
  • Aggression
  • Hostility

7-10 Years

  • Diminished school work
  • Conflict with friends
  • Angry and blame parents
  • Self-identity issues
  • Insatiable hunger for things
  • Wrestle with relationship with non-custodial parents

11-13 Years

  • Withdraw from friends activities
  • Lying
  • Hostility to parent
  • Demanding adult explanations
  • Cheating
  • Drug/alcohol use

14-20 Years

  • Decline in academic performance
  • Depression
  • Aggression to self and others
  • Sexual activity
  • Drug/alcohol use
  • Promiscuous behaviours

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