Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Dr. M. Michele Burnette
Dr. Galen Alessi
Dr. Patricia Meinhold
Dr. Kevin Armstrong
The efficacy of exposing bereaved parents to stimuli associated with their deceased child as a means of alleviating their grief reaction was explored. Three parents who had suffered a perinatal loss participated. Pre, post, and follow-up measures of depression, hopelessness, anxiety, marital functioning, daily stress, psychopathology, bereavement and grief were gathered.
Results showed clinically significant improvement for two of the three subjects on measures of depression and psychopathology. All subjects showed improved marital functioning. Negative change was seen on a measure of hopelessness for two of the three subjects. The treatment effects for symptoms of stress, anxiety, bereavement and grief were mixed. Subjective reports from the parents provided support for the utility of the intervention. Implications for medical and mental health care providers involved in the care of parents following a perinatal loss are discussed.
Rosa, Michele Lee, "Perinatal Loss: An Exposure Based Approach to Alleviating Feelings of Grief in Bereaved Parents" (1996). Dissertations. 1704.