Psychological Issues In Children

School Refusal in a five years old boy

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I have been asked by one of my friends that his son 5 and half year’s old has gradually developed a reluctance to go to school. He refuses to go to school everyday. He throws tentrums, weeps and hesitates to leave home. Though, once at school he apprears to cope well. Kid’s mother has repeatdly asked the school teachers if the child is coming accross any difficulty/abuse at school and has been reassured on a couple of occasions that there is no such finding. Secondly the child doesn’t complain of experiencing any problem at scholl. My friend asked if it could be related to the death of his aunt (boy’s granny, who used to share the family’s house) who passed away suudenly in front of the child one and ahlf year ago (Jan 2011). the child observed the whole event as the lady underwent a cardiac arrest at home; there was…

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Psychological Issues In Children

How to discuss about death with a child and help him/her cope

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Royal College Of Psychiatrists Public Information Leaflet describes following
This is one in a series of leaflets for parents, teachers and young people entitled Mental Health and Growing Up. The aims of these leaflets are to provide practical, up-to-date information about mental health problems (emotional, behavioural and psychiatric disorders) that can affect children and young people. This leaflet looks at how a death in the family may affect a child or young person, and offers advice on how to cope with this situation.


Everyone can experience grief when they lose someone close to them. They may need to spend period of time in bereavement coming to terms with the grief.

How does a child respond to death?

Death in the family affects everyone. Children, in particular, need to be thought about even if it is a difficult time for the whole family.

How they react depends on a number…

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