The price of loss – how childhood bereavement impacts education
Keywords:Child bereavement, educational attainment, risk, protective factors
Based on a narrative review, this article describes the educational consequences and the risk and
protective factors associated with losing a parent before the age of 18. A limited number of
studies depict the relations between parental loss and student wellbeing and class relations. More research confirms that parental bereavement negatively impacts educational attainment and completion. Most studies have found that children from homes with low socio-economic resources underperform academically. This impact is stronger on girls in terms of lower educational completion and more negative self-perceived school performance. Having a well-educated surviving parent reduces risk. Deaths due to external factors (ie suicide or accidents) are particularly associated with reduced completion of education. The reasons behind academic decline or achievement are complicated; however, support from surviving parents and support from schools are important factors in helping children realise their academic potential.
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Copyright (c) 2022 Atle Dyregrov, Martin Lytje, Sophie Rex Christensen
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This article first appeared in Bereavement online [date] bereavementjournal.org