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August 1965

Anterospective Data Following Childhood Loss of a ParentII. Pathology, Performance, and Potential Among College Students

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;13(2):110-120. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01730020012002

IN a recent article, I9 reviewed retrospective studies concerning the frequency of childhood parental loss among delinquents and adult Psychiatric patients, and extended the analysis of anterospective data provided by Hathaway and Monachesi11 concerning the frequency of delinquency and high school dropout among a statewide sample of adolescents. Rates of delinquency, and of high school dropout among nondelinquents, were found to be elevated among those who had previously lost a parent by separation or divorce, and those who had lost the parent of the same sex by death.

There appears to be a dearth of studies involving relationships between psychopathology among college students and childhood loss of their parents. However, Ingham14 reported a significantly higher frequency of parental separation among 138 neurotic college students than among 370 control students. He found no significant difference between neurotics and control subjects with respect to

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