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Hidden Trauma, Quiet Drama

Title: Hidden Trauma, Quiet Drama: The Prominence and Consequence of Complicated Grief Among College Students.
Name(s): Cox, Bradley E., author
Dean, Jessica G., author
Kowalski, Robin M., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2015
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Previous studies suggest the loss of a loved one is a common experience among college students. This paper draws from 2 independent but complementary studies to (a) update statistics regarding the scale of student grieving, (b) characterize the short and long term consequences of loss among college students, and (c) identify factors that deter grieving students from seeking professional assistance at campus counseling centers. The paper concludes with suggestions for ways in which institutions can help affected students stay on track to college success.
Translational Abstract: In this article, two independent but complementary studies on college students showed that a larger portion than reported do experience grieving as a result of the death of a loved one, that said grieving has short and long term academic consequences, and finally that there are a number of factors that keep these students from seeking assistance. The authors also provided suggestions for academic institutions.
Public Statement: This paper reported on the findings of two studies on grieving among college students, and found that the number of grieving students is higher than previously thought, that there are short and long term academic consequences of grieving, and that many of these students failed to seek assistance for a number of reasons.
Identifier: FSU_migr_edlp_faculty_publications-0014 (IID), 10.1353/csd.2015.0030 (DOI)
Keywords: Trauma, Grief, College students
Note: This is the final published PDF as published in the Journal of College Student Development, shared in accordance with Johns Hopkins Press liberal archiving policies, available on the publisher's website at
Citation: Cox, B. E., Dean, J., & Kowalski, R. (2015). Hidden trauma, quiet drama: The prominence and consequence of problematic grieving among college students. Journal of College Student Development, 56(3), 280-289.
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Journal of College Student Development.
Issue: 3, 56

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Cox, B. E., Dean, J. G., & Kowalski, R. M. (2015). Hidden Trauma, Quiet Drama: The Prominence and Consequence of Complicated Grief Among College Students. Journal Of College Student Development. Retrieved from