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Sibling Death and Adult Maladjustment Indices: A Brief Report

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While symptoms of grief pose the most immediate psychological concern in the aftermath of sibling death, emerging research suggests that distal correlates may include strained interpersonal relations and externalized forms of psychological distress. College students with a history of Sibling Loss (n = 36), Parental Loss (n = 32), or No Loss (n = 367) were compared on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2). Sibling Loss was associated with higher Psychopathic Deviate (Pd; d = .62) and Hypomania (d = .42) scores. The relative risk (RR = 2.96) of a Pd elevation (T > 65) was higher after sibling death.
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Keywords: MMPI-2; Sibling bereavement; imperturbability; parental bereavement; social anxiety

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Psychology Department, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA 2: Psychology Department, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA

Publication date: July 3, 2016

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