Suddenly Bereaved Parents: A Population at Risk

Suddenly Bereaved Parents: A Population at Risk

Suddenly Bereaved Parents: A Population at Risk

Suddenly Bereaved Parents: A Population at Risks

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Référence bibliographique [6834]

Carone, Elizabeth. 1999. «Suddenly Bereaved Parents: A Population at Risk». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montreal, Université McGill, École de travail social.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« The following paper reviews the literature on parental bereavement focusing on understanding the unique characteristics of mourning a child’s sudden death. Clinical implications are presented within a Family System Theory framework. » (p. 5)

2. Méthode


Type de traitement des données :
Réflexion critique

3. Résumé


« The sudden death of a child is reported to be the most difficult of losses. This article is a review of the literature on parental bereavement focusing on understanding the impact that sudden child death has on the relationship dynamics between the surviving parents. The motivation for exploring this unique type of loss stems from observing how parents cope differently with the trauma of having their child die in an accident. Unfortunately, there are no intervention programs targeted at providing support to suddenly bereaved parents. These parents are often left to struggle through the crisis on their own, using coping methods that are not always favorable. Research shows that these parents are at risk for a range of complications, one of them being marital dissatisfaction. There is a lack of knowledge of the long-term effects this type of bereavement has on parents’ future functioning. Furthermore, the benefits of professional intervention have not been sufficiently investigated. Future research must be geared towards understanding the special difficulties faced by these parents and implementing programs to help them survive their losses. » (p. 2)