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October 14, 2019

Error in Coding of Questionnaire Scale in Study of Grief in Children and Adolescents

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  • 1Western Psychiatric Hospital, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Psychiatry. 2019;76(12):1318-1319. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.3556

To the Editor On behalf of our coauthors, we are writing to report errors in our article “Grief in Children and Adolescents Bereaved by Sudden Parental Death,” published in the September 2011 issue of JAMA Psychiatry (then Archives of General Psychiatry).1

In the article, we reported on the course of children’s and adolescents’ grief reactions after sudden parental death and the association of those reactions with subsequent psychiatric and functional status. We found that grief reactions abated over time for most children and adolescents bereaved by sudden parental death; however, a subset had increased or prolonged grief reactions, which were associated with an increased risk of functional impairment and depression.

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