Eight weeks after the death of a parent, children from stable families
(N = 38) were compared to depressed inpatients (N = 38) and normal children
(N = 19). School behavior, interest in school, peer involvement, peer
enjoyment, and self-esteem were similar for bereaved and normal children.
Bereaved children functioned significantly better than depressed
inpatients. As a group, the bereaved children from stable families did not
experience significant, acute psychosocial dysfunction.