Abstract Title

The Relationship Between Age and Depression Symptoms in a Sample of Youth Bereaved Siblings

Abstract

Research has shown that adolescents who have experienced the death of a sibling often have higher rates of Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. Although a large portion of past research has focused on bereavement after the death of a sibling through suicide, there has been little done on sibling bereavement after death from a terminal illness. Linear regression analyses were conducted investigating the relationship between age and depression symptoms in a sample of bereaved siblings ages 7-22 recruited from a Palliative Care Center at a medical center. Depression symptoms were assessed with a self-report measure, the Child Depression Inventory (CDI). Results showed that the sibling age predicted depression symptoms where older siblings experienced more depressive symptoms (B=.66, p<.03). Results indicate that children who are older when their sibling passes may be at an increased risk of developing depression symptoms. The bond between siblings is one of the most in depth relationships and as children get older the relationships strengthen and, in turn, the older the sibling is the more at risk they are for developing depressive symptoms after the death of their sibling.

Modified Abstract

Research has shown that adolescents who have experienced the death of a sibling often have higher rates of Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. Linear regression analyses were conducted investigating the relationship between age and depression symptoms in a sample of bereaved siblings ages 7-22 recruited from a Palliative Care Center at a medical center. Depression symptoms were assessed with a self-report measure, the Child Depression Inventory (CDI). Results showed that the sibling age predicted depression symptoms where older siblings experienced more depressive symptoms (B=.66, p<.03). Results indicate that children who are older when their sibling passes may be at an increased risk of developing depression symptoms.

Research Category

Psychology

Primary Author's Major

Psychology

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Doug Delahanty

Mentor #2 Information

Ms. Anna Wise

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

March 2016

Research Area

Child Psychology

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The Relationship Between Age and Depression Symptoms in a Sample of Youth Bereaved Siblings

Research has shown that adolescents who have experienced the death of a sibling often have higher rates of Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. Although a large portion of past research has focused on bereavement after the death of a sibling through suicide, there has been little done on sibling bereavement after death from a terminal illness. Linear regression analyses were conducted investigating the relationship between age and depression symptoms in a sample of bereaved siblings ages 7-22 recruited from a Palliative Care Center at a medical center. Depression symptoms were assessed with a self-report measure, the Child Depression Inventory (CDI). Results showed that the sibling age predicted depression symptoms where older siblings experienced more depressive symptoms (B=.66, p<.03). Results indicate that children who are older when their sibling passes may be at an increased risk of developing depression symptoms. The bond between siblings is one of the most in depth relationships and as children get older the relationships strengthen and, in turn, the older the sibling is the more at risk they are for developing depressive symptoms after the death of their sibling.