Interactive Processes in Grief and Couples' Adjustment After the Death of a Child

Title

Interactive Processes in Grief and Couples' Adjustment After the Death of a Child

Creator

Albuquerque S; Ferreira L C; Narciso I; Pereira M

Publisher

Journal of Family Issues

Date

2019

Subject

Bereavement; Grief; Human; Interpersonal Relations; Emotions; Semi-Structured Interview; Support Psychosocial; Grounded Theory; Infant Death -- Psychosocial Factors; Empathy; Parents -- Psychosocial Factors

Description

The death of a child is an individual process of grief but also a context of significant relational processes, which have been only rarely considered in research. The aim of this study was to examine the interactive processes within bereaved parents. Eighteen married bereaved parents were interviewed individually. The semistructured script included questions about the couples' relationship after the death of the child, particularly the relational dynamics and the association between the individual and relational realms. Data analysis using constructivist grounded theory allowed for the development of a circular hypothesis, suggesting that parents' individual grief influences and is influenced by the couple's relationship and partner support, involving interdependence and patterns of emotional transmission (empathy and emotion contagion) within the couple. The findings suggested that psychological interventions should include the dyadic level to optimize mutual support and the benefits obtained within marital interactions.

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Citation List Month

May 2019 List

Collection

Citation

Albuquerque S; Ferreira L C; Narciso I; Pereira M, “Interactive Processes in Grief and Couples' Adjustment After the Death of a Child,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed October 16, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16134.

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