Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2022

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul


Adolescents, teen(s), grief in adolescents, grief assessment


This paper examines the research literature surrounding high school aged adolescents (ages 14-18) and their experience with grief. It was found during this review that 4% of adolescents, living in western countries, lose a parent before the age of 18 years old (Andriessen, Mowll et al., 2018). This paper looks into the measurement process for grief and how it can be used in teen assessments. Most reports state self-surveys as the main type of assessment used. The treatment process of grief was also reviewed, and it was found that group counseling is favored when working with adolescents. Interventions and processes were found to be effective in most cases of group counseling (Grassetti et al., 2018). However, some models and treatments were deemed controversial because of the lack of mixing of genders and nationalities. Most self-referrals and surveys came from females and the studies often favored the United States of America (Andriessen et al., 2018). This report also takes initiative to develop a group manual for use with high school students who are experiencing grief due to the loss of a loved one. This has been done in an effort to provide school counselors with an easy to follow, effective group plan, to better the lives of those affected with grief and to help adolescent high schools come to terms with death, grief and their own emotions



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