Date of Award

Summer 2003

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Community & Environmental Health

Committee Director

Colin Box

Committee Member

Lindsay Rettie

Committee Member

Susan Hunter


This evaluation seeks to determine the extent to which the professional literature concerning bereaved children in the United States includes African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American children whose siblings have died in childhood.

A literature search identifies 58 articles, published between 1990 and 2002, concerning children under age 19 living in the United States whose siblings have died. Articles are sorted by time frame and classified by type. There are 31 descriptive articles consisting of five literature reviews, five commentaries, five case studies, and 16 narratives; there are 27 research articles. Analysis determines the extent to which race, culture, and ethnicity are included in article comments and discussions, and in research samples.

The 31 descriptive articles include 11 brief discussions or comments regarding race, ethnicity, or culture. Changes in the descriptive literature over time are calculated using the ratio of the number of comments/discussions as compared to the number of articles per time period.


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