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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Daniel McKitrick


The purpose of this thesis is to critically review literature on children's grief theory. A brief history of grief theory is presented, as well as the introduction of children into the conceptualization of bereavement. Four major theoretical perspectives attachment, development, trauma, and culture - are considered in the discussion on 9urrent perspectives on children's grief theory. Finally, implications for future research in theory and interventions for grieving children are explored.