Predictors of husbands' and wives' grief reactions following infant death: the role of marital intimacy

Title

Predictors of husbands' and wives' grief reactions following infant death: the role of marital intimacy

Creator

Lang A; Gottlieb LN; Amsel R

Publisher

Death Studies

Date

1996

Subject

Humans; infant; Fetal Death; Grief; Questionnaires; Follow-Up Studies; Infant Mortality; Newborn; Parent caregivers; Marriage; Spouses/psychology

Description

This follow-up study examined how bereaved couples' grief reactions change over time and how the quality of the marriage can predict these reactions for men and women. A group of 31 bereaved couples who 2 to 4 years earlier had lost an infant ( greater than 20 weeks gestation and less than 1 year of age) were revisited in their home 24 months after the initial home visit. With the exception of somatization, couples' grief reactions were less intense at follow-up than at the initial visit. Overall, husbands experienced less guilt, meaninglessness, yearning, and morbid fear than wives. Both husbands and wives who reported lower levels of marital intimacy soon after the loss experienced more intense grief at follow-up. Finally, couples continued to be vulnerable to a resurgence of grief even years later.
1996

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

33-57

Issue

1

Volume

20

Citation

Lang A; Gottlieb LN; Amsel R, “Predictors of husbands' and wives' grief reactions following infant death: the role of marital intimacy,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed November 30, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/12080.

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