Mental health consultation to a preschool following the murder of a mother and child

S. Eth, S. Silverstein, R. S. Pynoos

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Abstract

The murder of a five-year-old boy and his mother disrupted the entire small community of the preschool he had attended. A twostage mental health intervention consisting of separate group sessions with the preschoolers, teachers and parents was initiated to help them work through their grief and fear and to reverse their increasing isolation from one another. The reassuring presence of adults who were not struggling with the crisis and the creation of a supportive milieu relieved the children's anxiety, enabling them to discuss their fears and fantasies about the deaths, and alleviated the anxious mistrust and sense of lost personal security of the teachers and parents. The teachers were able to resume their professional functioning, and the parents were better able to assist their affected children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-76
Number of pages4
JournalHospital and Community Psychiatry
Volume36
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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