How To Help Parentless Young People Who Need Coping

By Lani Lane, Parent Herald July 22, 10:42 pm
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85 percent of children that manifest behavioral disorders are from fatherless homes. One out of 3 children are living in a home without the biological father. These are among the heartbreaking reality from statistics. Losing a parent is inevitable but the kids need to live on. How should they be helped to cope with the challenges that seem to be bigger than they are.

The statistics above was released by CDC. Based on recent studies, children from fatherless homes have the high risk of becoming involved in lowered academic performance, drug and alcohol abuse, serious health issues, and disturbing emotional problems. The people around these parentless kids should be given special attention and save them from themselves. Depression is more likely to be fatal, not just for themselves but for the people around them especially when they develop a criminal mind.

Most children suffer from depression because of a lost parent oftentimes because of death, divorce, abandonment, or detachment. Psychology says that each person has his own coping mechanism. It is therefore important to know what a certain kid needs to cope up and support him or her with that until he or she can get on his or her feet again.

Dr. Karin Luise, a psychotherapist and co-author of "The Fatherless Daughter Project," says that helping teenagers deal with emotional losses can be very challenging because of the mixed physical changes and hormonal shifts. Denna Babul, a registered nurse, work with Luise in this project. Babul lost her father when she was 13 years old and her experiences was of great help in this Atlanta-based nonprofit project. Fox News reported about their study that explains that, "51 percent of fatherless women reported listening to music as a positive coping skill; 38 percent said finding laughter helped and 35 percent wrote or journaled their feelings."

While support groups become available for the kids or teens who lose their parents, still there are more hidden feelings and emotions that need coping. Grieving is normal and can be ongoing. What they need is continuous understanding, guidance, love, and prayers.

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