Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Dr. Kristjen Lundberg
The purpose of this study was to compare the well-being of bereaved versus non-bereaved undergraduate students. Additionally, they were asked to report how many losses they have experienced, the characteristics of the most difficult loss, and their experiences with grief. Lastly, data on use of and access to support sources was collected as well as their perceived helpfulness. Results showed that bereaved undergraduates (i.e., those who indicated experiencing at least one significant loss) reported lower well-being than non-bereaved individuals. Further, 4% of participants met the criteria to receive a diagnosis of Prolonged Grief Disorder, 32.4% reported experiencing the separation distress “at least daily and after 6 months have elapsed since the loss,” and 29.3% indicated “a significant reduction in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.” Finally, the most commonly used sources of support were friends and family, who were also rated as being the most helpful. These data suggest the need for high-quality and accessible resources for grieving and bereaved students as they navigate this difficult period of their lives.
Rehling, Alexia V., "Grieving Experiences of Undergraduate College Students" (2022). Honors Theses. 1659.