Parents grieving the loss of their child: interdependence in coping


Wijngaards-de Meij, Leoniek, Stroebe, Margaret, Schut, Henk, Stroebe, Wolfgang, Bout, Jan, van der Heijden, Peter G.M. and Dijkstra, Iris (2010) Parents grieving the loss of their child: interdependence in coping. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 47, (1), 31-42. (doi:10.1348/014466507X216152). (PMID:17588295).

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Description/Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

A longitudinal study was conducted among bereaved parents, to examine the relationship between parents' own and their partners' ways of coping in terms of the constructs loss-orientation and restoration-orientation (coping strategies based on the bereavement-specific Dual Process Model (Stroebe & Schut, 1999)), and psychological adjustment following the death of their child.

METHOD:

219 couples participated at 6, 13 and 20 months post-loss. Use of the Actor Partner Interdependence Model within multi-level regression analyses enabled assessment of both actor as well as partner effects, and permitted differentiating these effects according to the gender of the parent.

RESULTS:

Loss-orientation was predictive of negative psychological adjustment, while restoration-orientation was related to better adjustment. Furthermore, high levels of restoration-oriented coping buffered the negative effect of high levels of loss-orientation on depression. In the interpersonal context, results indicated that for men, having a female partner high in restoration-oriented coping was related to positive adjustment.

CONCLUSION:

In coping with the loss of their child, intra-personal as well as interpersonal processes are relevant for the adjustment process of parents after the loss of their child.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0144-6657 (print)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 344683
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 15:14
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:26
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/344683

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