Chapter 3: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Developmental Perspective

David Balk offers a chapter that not only illustrates ethical principles but offers a transition to the adolescent grieving a death. Balk begins by demonstrating, in the case of Helene, the ways that developmental factors influence her response to living with Graves Disease. In exploring the reactions that Helene has to the disease, Balk neatly draws the parallels with grief reactions that follow a death. It is a cogent reminder that grief encompasses reaction to death and illness but that it can also include losses frequently experienced by adolescents, such as parental divorce or break-ups of romantic relationships or friendships (Doka, 2002).

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