Traumatic Grief Reading List
This reading list was made by experts in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It includes important recent work as well as classic books and articles on childhood traumatic grief by Network and other experts in the field.
Clicking on SUMMARY will open a new window with a summary of the selected article. We provide in-depth summaries for many of the works written by members of the NCTSN.
Because most books and articles are protected by copyright law, we cannot provide copies of them or links to full text. But whenever possible, we have provided links to articles on publishers' websites, where you may be able to access the full article, depending on the publisher's policy. You can also contact your local public, medical, or university library for help if you would like to read the full publications.
Brown EJ and Goodman RF. "Childhood traumatic grief: An exploration of the construct in children bereaved on September 11," Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology vol 34(2): 248-259. 2005. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi:10.1207/s15374424jccp3402_4
Berges A. "Family reaction to homicide," American Journal of Orthopsychiatry vol 45(3): 391-398. 1975. doi:10.1111/j.1939-0025.1975.tb02550.x
Cohen JA and Mannarino AP. "Treatment of childhood traumatic grief," Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology vol 33(4): 820-832. 2004. doi:10.1207/s15374424jccp3304_17
Cohen JA, Mannarino AP, Greenberg T, Padlo S, and Shipley C. "Childhood traumatic grief: Concepts and controversies," Trauma Violence & Abuse vol 3(4): 307-327. 2002.
Cohen JA, Mannarino AP, and Knudsen K. "Treating childhood traumatic grief: A pilot study," Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry vol 43(10): 1225-1233. 2004.
Eth S and Pynoos R. "Interaction of trauma and grief in children." In Eth S and Pynoos R, eds, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Children.171-183. Washington DC: American Psychiatric Press. 1985.
Green B. "Traumatic loss: Conceptual issues and new research findings." Keynote address presented at the 5th International Conference on Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society and the 19th Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling, Washington, DC: 1997.
Goldman L. Breaking the Silence: A Guide to Helping Children with Complicated Grief: Suicide, Homicide, AIDS, Violence and Abuse. Bristol, PA: Taylor and Francis. 2001.
Jacobs S. Traumatic Grief: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention. Philadelphia, Brunner/Mazel. 1999.
Layne CM, Pynoos RS, and Cardenas J. "Wounded adolescence: School-based group psychotherapy for adolescents who sustained or witnessed violent injury." In Shafii M and Shafii SL, eds, School Violence: Assessment, Management, Prevention. 163-186. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press. 2001. SUMMARY
Layne CM, Pynoos RS, Saltzman WS, Arslanagic B, Black M, Savjak N, Popovic T, Durakovic E, Campara N, Djapo N, Ryan H, and Music M. "Trauma/grief-focused psychotherapy: School based post-war intervention with traumatized Bosnian adolescents," Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice vol 5(4): 277-290. 2001. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi: 10.1037/1089-26184.108.40.2067
Melhem NM, Day N, Shear MK, Day R, Reynolds CF, and Brent DA. "Traumatic grief among adolescents exposed to a peer's suicide," American Journal of Psychiatry vol 161(8): 1411-1416. 2004. Click here to find this article on the publisher's website. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.161.8.1411
Murphy L, Pynoos RS, and James CB. "The trauma/grief-focused group psychotherapy module of an elementary school-based violence prevention/intervention program." In Osofsky JD, ed, Children in a Violent Society. 223-255. New York, Guilford Press. 1997. SUMMARY
Nader K. "Childhood traumatic loss: The interaction of trauma and grief." In Figley CR, Bride B, and Mazza N, eds, Death and Trauma: The Traumatology of Grieving. 17-41 Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis. 1997.
Nader KO. "Children's exposure to traumatic experiences." In Corr CA and Corr DM, eds, Handbook of Childhood Death and Bereavement. 201-220. New York, Springer. 1996.
Pfeffer CR, Jiang H, Kakuma T, Hwang J, and Metsch M. "Group intervention for children bereaved by the suicide of a relative," Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry vol 41(5): 505-513. 2002. doi:10.1097/00004583-200205000-00007
Prigerson HG and Jacobs SC. "Diagnostic criteria for traumatic grief." In Stroebe MS, Hansson RO, Stroebe W, and Schut H, eds, Handbook of Bereavement Research, 614-646. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 2001.
Pynoos R. "Grief and trauma in children and adolescents," Bereavement Care vol 11(1): 2-10. 1992. doi:10.1080/02682629208657280
Pynoos R and Nader K. "Children's exposure to violence and traumatic death," Psychiatric Annals, 20(6): 334-344. 1990.
Raphael B. "The interaction of trauma and grief." In Black D and Newman M, eds, Psychological Trauma: A Developmental Approach. 31-43. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Press. 1997.
Raphael B and Martinek N. "Assessing traumatic bereavement and posttraumatic stress disorder." In Wilson JP and Keane TM, eds, Assessing Psychological Trauma and PTSD. 373-395 New York, Guilford Press. 1997.
Saltzman WR, Layne CM, Steinberg AM, and Pynoos RS. "Trauma/grief-focused group psychotherapy with adolescents." In Schein LA, Spitz HI, Burlingame GM, and Muskin PR, eds, Group Approaches for the Psychological Effects of Terrorist Disasters. New York, Haworth Press. (Forthcoming, winter 2005-2006.)
Sigman M and Wilson JP. "Traumatic bereavement: Posttraumatic stress disorder and prolonged grief in motherless daughters," Journal of Psychological Practice vol 4(1): 34-50. 1998.
Wraith R. "Debriefing for children: What is it we should be thinking about? Traumatic grief growing at different life stages." In Proceedings of the Joint National Conference of the National Association of Loss and Grief, Australasian Critical Incident Stress Association, and Australasian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies: Trauma, Grief and Growth: Finding a Path to Healing. 384-6. Sydney, Australia: May 7-10, 1997.