(Bowlby, 1983) “The impact of death on the family system creates a structural void that requires homeostatic adjustments.” We all have an impact of losing something in life. Sometimes, we lose small materials and sometimes, we lose people in our lives. We come across the situation of losing at least once in our lives and it is inevitable. Therefore, in order to find out how it affects the different age groups, we conducted an experiment using Pearson’s theory. In experiments, we usually have subjects who are involved in the experiment and a topic on which we are conducting our experiment on. In this experiment, we have 128 subjects and the topic we developed interest in was the impact of loss.
We included people of various ages and divided them according to their respective age groups. The topic, impact of loss, had included the issue of the loss of a parent. Different impacts of this issue were seen on the people belonging to different age groups.
Using Pearson’s correlation, we had found the relation between the type of relationship and the effect of loss on the different people. While conducting the experiment, the independent variables or the subjects were asked to clear their heads and to relax. They were provided a peaceful environment. In the next step, they were asked to think about the losses they had encountered in their lives till now. After thinking about the losses, the subjects were asked to categorize the different losses based on the impact, they think, the loss had on them, ranging from severe to mild. Then the respective subjects were asked to describe their relationships with the deceased parents or significant others. The first group had hesitated to reveal its emotions at first, but later, seemed to open up very well. The other groups were willingly answering to the questions and thought about the deceased as required by the experiment. The members of the final group, however, were too eager to get over with the experiment because they were in the last group. All the subjects were, at last, thanked for their cooperation.
The very next day, the analysis of the experiment was done and a few significant things were concluded. The results of the research were quite different when all the groups were combined as a whole of 100%. It was found that around 88.04% of the people were very hard hit by the loss they had encountered. This was so because these people were found to have the images of the deceased fresh in their minds and could not stop thinking about anything else. However, around 72.34% of the group were found to be obsessive and phobic about the thoughts of death and leaving the world forever. Thus, from the above observations, it can be concluded that the former percentage of people had actually had a greater impact of loss, whereas, the latter had only focused on the issue of death and not of who died. In between these two percentages, there is also a percentage of people, who were impacted by loss as well as the fear or thoughts about death and end of life. Moreover, it was also found that people of the younger and middle age were mostly impacted and females in these sections were more susceptible to depression than the males. But it is also a due fact to be noted that the males in the younger age group are equally impacted by loss in a hard way because of which they develop unhealthy habits of drug use and alcoholism. Thus, from this experiment, we learn that the impact of loss varies from one age group to another and also from gender to gender.
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