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), pp. 31-42. (doi:10.1348/014466507X216152). (PMID:17588295).


Full text not available from this repository.



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.


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.


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.


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
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1348/014466507X216152
ISSNs: 0144-6657 (print)

Organisations: Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 344683
Date :
Date Event
March 2010Published
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2012 15:14
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:26
Further Information:Google Scholar

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item