The loss of a child: the long term impact upon the parent-child bond
Merrington, Bill (2003) The loss of a child: the long term impact upon the parent-child bond. PhD thesis, University of Warwick.
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Research has been carried out from a psychological perspective, to examine the effects of bereavement in families when they have experienced the loss of a baby, child, teenager or young adult. This has involved interviewing parents in Lebanon, Tanzania and Uganda. The results were then compared to previous research carried out by the author in England (For a M.Phil. in Theology titled, ‘Bereavement in Families who have lost Babies, Children and Teenagers; An Empirical and Theological Study’. Birmingham University , 1995). Using the collective data, the theory of Shadow Grief is investigated in terms of whether it is a genuine condition within bereaved parents, as compared to other grief reactions such as chronic grief, disenfranchised grief or pathological grief.
It was found that the bond between a parent and child was a particularly deep rooted affectionate bond. There are similarities between this bond and Bowlby’s concept of attachment theory. Parents from the English sample showed some signs of maintaining a bond with the deceased many years after the loss. This was seen to a lesser extent in the African context. This requires further research to clarify this effect both in the English culture and cross-culturally, looking at a broader section of communities where child loss had taken place. Grief therapists need to be more aware of the long lasting effects that the loss of a child has upon a parent, especially those who are bereaved of older children.
|Item Type:||Thesis or Dissertation (PhD)|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Bereavement -- Psychological aspects, Children -- Death, Parental grief, Attachment behavior, Social psychology -- Research|
|Official Date:||February 2003|
|Institution:||University of Warwick|
|Theses Department:||Department of Psychology|
|Supervisor(s)/Advisor:||Collis, Glyn ; McNicholas, June, 1956-|
|Sponsors:||St. Paul's Church (Leamington Spa, England) ; Peugeot S.A. ; Ecclesiastical Insurance Company ; Rowan Clothing|
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|Extent:||373 leaves : charts, map|
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