Changes in parental self-identity following the death of a child to cancer

Title

Changes in parental self-identity following the death of a child to cancer

Creator

O'Connor K; Barrera M

Publisher

Death Studies

Date

2014

Subject

Parents; Death; bereavement

Description

This study explored parental self-identity at 6, 12, and 18 months following the death of a child to cancer. Semi-structured interviews were analyzed using qualitative methodology. Two patterns of parental self-identity emerged: identity reintegration, characterized by 6 associated themes (e.g., positive reframing, focusing on surviving children); and identity disintegration, characterized by 7 associated themes (e.g., negative perceptions of social support, self-destructive thoughts and behaviors). Patterns were stable from 6 to 12 months, but a shift towards identity disintegration was observed at 18 months. These findings suggest a need to support bereaved parents' well-being beyond the first year post-death.
2014-07

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

404-411

Issue

6

Volume

38

Citation

O'Connor K; Barrera M, “Changes in parental self-identity following the death of a child to cancer,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 29, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/15009.

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