Grief and Bereavement in the College Setting.
Galasso, Kathryn Elise.
- This study examines the prevalence and experience of grief that is related to bereavement in the college setting. When it comes to grief work, research shows that college students are understudied and underserved. The goal of the study was to establish prevalence of grief, identify complicating factors that exist in the college setting, and explore support systems and coping methods that this age ... read moregroup utilizes. Through a mixed methods survey, 113 students provided responses based on their experiences with grief while enrolled at a private university in the New England region. Experience was assessed using multiple methods including the participant's responses to open-ended questions; analyses included percentage calculation of response prevalence, and one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) tests. Results show that the prevalence of grief in college is higher than expected. Family and friends are the most commonly used support systems, and being away from home is the hardest part of grieving in college. Finding time to grieve and balancing a hectic schedule were also listed as complicating factors of grieving in college. Suggestions to aid students who are grieving were made, including: (a) establishing school support for traveling home, (b) developing protocols for professors to follow, and (c) restructuring of mental health services involving outreach campaigns and more availability of resources.read less