The relationship between grief adjustment and continuing bonds for parents who have lost a child

Title

The relationship between grief adjustment and continuing bonds for parents who have lost a child

Creator

Ronen R; Packman W; Field NP; Davies B; Kramer R; Long JK

Identifier

Publisher

Omega

Date

2009

Subject

Female; Humans; infant; Male; Grief; Adult; Parent-Child Relations; Interpersonal Relations; Questionnaires; Attitude to Death; Life Change Events; quality of life; adolescent; Adaptation; Psychological; infant; Newborn; Parents/psychology; Object Attachment

Description

This article presents findings from a study on the impact of a child's death on parents. We explored the prominence and adaptiveness of parents' continuing bonds expressions, psychological adjustment, and grief reactions. A qualitative case study methodology was used to describe six cases. Participants were classified into two groups based on scores on the Inventory of Complicated Grief. Commonalities in themes on the Continuing Bonds Interview and projective drawings were assessed. Those in the Non-Complicated Grief Group reported internalization of positive qualities and identification with the deceased child as a role model, whereas participants in the Complicated Grief Group did not report these experiences. In addition, the drawings of those in the Non-Complicated Grief Group were evaluated as more adaptive than those in the Complicated Grief Group.
2009

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

1-31

Issue

1

Volume

60

Citation

Ronen R; Packman W; Field NP; Davies B; Kramer R; Long JK, “The relationship between grief adjustment and continuing bonds for parents who have lost a child,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 27, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13948.

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