“There is strong evidence that aspects of the family environment, such as quality of parental care and relationship with the surviving parent, are important in affecting long-term psychological reactions following parental loss.” For her study, Nickerson and her colleagues analyzed data from 2,823 adults who had all experienced the death of a parent during childhood.They used the World Health Organization Composite International Diagnostic Interview to assess psychological impairment, parental care, and other factors that could contribute to difficulties later in life. The Impacts of Parental Loss and Adverse Parenting on Mental Health: Findings From the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication. The preceding article was solely written by the author named above.
When a child experiences the death of a parent, the emotional trauma can be devastating.
But until recently, few studies have examined the impact of this type of loss relative to the age of the child and the quality of parenting that the child received after the loss.
Then, participants responded to questionnaires about both the quality of and their satisfaction with their current romantic relationship.
The researchers found a link between childhood emotional abuse and self-criticism, and a further link between childhood maltreatment, self-criticism, and dissatisfaction in romantic relationships.
They found that the younger a child was at the time of the loss, the more likely they were to develop mental health problems, including anxiety, mood, or substance abuse issues. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. doi: 10.1037/a0025695 © Copyright 2011 by By Noah Rubinstein, LMFT, LMHC, therapist in Olympia, Washington. Any views and opinions expressed are not necessarily shared by Good
The study also revealed that family conditions after the death played a significant role. Questions or concerns about the preceding article can be directed to the author or posted as a comment below.Well, let me clarify: I have no shortage of “dates”. I have an outgoing personality and seem to be asked out a lot…I guess I must be in reasonable shape because NOBODY can guess I’ve even had four kids, or that I’m even 34 (I get asked out by guys in their early 20s- I feel like I should read them a story and tuck them into bed… we usually go on a few dates, everything is going wonderful… I’m not talking about church bells, but just to an actual relationship. I am sick of being treated like a piece of ass, and treated like I must be desperate because I have kids.Participants with a history of CEM tended to have low self-esteem and many also exhibited PTSD symptoms.While many practitioners have already seen first-hand how unresolved childhood trauma can impact relationships throughout life, the key here is self-criticism.but dating when you have FOUR kids is like the Mt Everest of the dating world!