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Dyadic coping of parents after the death of a child


Bergstraesser, Eva; Inglin, Susanne; Hornung, Rainer; Landolt, Markus A (2015). Dyadic coping of parents after the death of a child. Death Studies, 39(3):128-138.

Abstract

This article explores the grief process of parents following the death of a child due to a life-limiting illness, putting particular focus on dyadic coping. Participants included 46 married parents (23 couples). A mixed methods design was used with in-depth interviews and standardized questionnaires. All parents were interviewed separately. Aspects of common dyadic coping (e.g., sharing emotions, or maintaining bonds to the child) helped them work through their grief as a couple but also individually. We conclude that dyadic coping plays an important role in grief work and adjustment to bereavement.

Abstract

This article explores the grief process of parents following the death of a child due to a life-limiting illness, putting particular focus on dyadic coping. Participants included 46 married parents (23 couples). A mixed methods design was used with in-depth interviews and standardized questionnaires. All parents were interviewed separately. Aspects of common dyadic coping (e.g., sharing emotions, or maintaining bonds to the child) helped them work through their grief as a couple but also individually. We conclude that dyadic coping plays an important role in grief work and adjustment to bereavement.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2015
Deposited On:17 Nov 2014 16:42
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:31
Publisher:Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN:0748-1187
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2014.920434
PubMed ID:25204680

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