What is it about?

The manuscript delves into the subject of whether cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be beneficial for children and adolescents who are grappling with prolonged grief symptoms. Put simply, it investigates whether a specific therapeutic approach can assist young individuals dealing with grief that persists beyond the usual time frame. Consider a situation where a young person is facing considerable difficulty in coping with the loss of a loved one, and their feelings of sadness and distress linger for an extended period. The research gathers and evaluates data from various scientific papers to determine whether a particular form of talk therapy, known as cognitive behavioral therapy, can offer effective assistance to these young individuals in navigating their grief and its impact on their overall well-being. We meticulously assess all the accessible evidence to provide a clearer understanding of whether this therapeutic method truly proves beneficial for youngsters and teenagers undergoing challenging periods of grief.

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Why is it important?

The manuscript holds considerable significance in the realm of mental health, particularly concerning youths contending with prolonged grief. What distinguishes this research is its focused exploration into the viability of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as an efficacious strategy for addressing extended grief symptoms among children and adolescents. This bears particular relevance as the awareness of mental health difficulties faced by young individuals, especially in the context of loss and mourning, continues to grow. Through a systematic examination and analysis of existing studies, this investigation seeks to uncover whether CBT can emerge as a pragmatic and invaluable resource for providing assistance to grieving young people. What makes this study distinctive is its concentrated endeavor to amalgamate a variety of evidence, potentially offering direction to clinicians, therapists, and caregivers as they navigate informed decisions about therapeutic methods. In a time where prioritizing mental health aid for youths holds utmost importance, the findings of this methodical review have the potential to enhance practices and yield superior outcomes for those contending with persistent grief. This could, in turn, enhance the intrigue and engagement of a broad readership invested in the well-being of children and adolescents.


Contemplating this manuscript has proven to be a fulfilling journey, highlighting the strength of collaborative endeavors that propel impactful research forward. Collaborating closely with committed co-authors to explore the effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for extended grief symptoms among youths has unveiled the remarkable influence of interdisciplinary teamwork. Observing how a topic as delicate as the management of grief in young individuals can be approached with scientific rigor through systematic evaluation is truly captivating. The potential ramifications of this study reach far beyond academic circles, as its outcomes have the capacity to lay the groundwork for enhanced support systems catering to grieving youths. Just as the tangible impact of health economics comes to light when considering its real-life consequences, this research bridges the divide between scientific investigation and genuine human encounters. Amidst today's heightened awareness surrounding mental health, this study possesses the potential to spark significant dialogues and instigate positive transformations in the realm of well-being for children and adolescents traversing the path of grief.

Danilo Calaresi
Universita degli Studi Magna Graecia di Catanzaro

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This page is a summary of: The effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy for prolonged grief symptoms in children and adolescents: A systematic review., International Journal of Stress Management, August 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/str0000301.
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