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Adjustment and Coping Differences Between Parents of Missing and Murdered Children
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by Cheyann N. Videon and Mary Ellen Fromuth - Middle Tennessee State University
Category: Adjustment & Coping
This study explored whether parents of murdered children and parents of missing children, presumed deceased, differed in their coping strategies and adjustment. Participants (21 parents of murdered children and 18 parents of missing children, presumed deceased) completed the Hogan Grief Reaction Checklist and 2 subscales of the Coping Strategy Indicator. A series of ttests indicated no significant differences between the 2 groups of parents. When the data were reanalyzed limiting the sample to parents whose children disappeared or was murdered within the past 5 years, it was found that parents of murdered children were seeking significantly more support than parents of missing children.