The Resource An investigation of bereaved parents : coping strategies and effects on the marital relationship : a dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of St. Mary's University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision, by Courtney Hague Dewees

An investigation of bereaved parents : coping strategies and effects on the marital relationship : a dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of St. Mary's University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision, by Courtney Hague Dewees

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An investigation of bereaved parents : coping strategies and effects on the marital relationship : a dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of St. Mary's University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
Title
An investigation of bereaved parents
Title remainder
coping strategies and effects on the marital relationship : a dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of St. Mary's University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
Statement of responsibility
by Courtney Hague Dewees
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Language
eng
Summary
The present study is a qualitative phenomenological investigation of married couples that have experienced the death of a child (defined as birth to 18 years of age). Specifically, it examines coping strategies of bereaved parents and the effects of a child's death has on the marital relationship. Limited research has been done to explore the marital relationship in the wake of a child's death and to understand the lived experience of affect married couples. The researcher conducted in-depth interviews with 7 married couples who had lost children within the past 3 years. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and thoroughly analyzed for thematic content according to the phenomenological approach as outlined by Lemon and Taylor and Giorgi. Eleven major themes emerged that were common to the study participants: 1) commitment to the marriage, 2) respect for individual grieving patterns, 3) faith in God or a higher power, 4) creating a memorial, 5) mutual/community impact of the child's life/death, 6) need to parent surviving children, having subsequent children, and effects on other children within the family, 7) outside support, 8) paradoxical disconnections and expectations from others, 9) questioning, 10) guilt and blame, and 11) acceptance. This research sought to understand the needs and complications of bereaved parents, so that counselors may better assist in coping and survival in the midst of tragic adversity
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Hague Dewees, Courtney
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph.D.)--St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, 2005
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Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Bereavement
  • Death
  • Parent and child
  • Marriage
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An investigation of bereaved parents : coping strategies and effects on the marital relationship : a dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of St. Mary's University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision, by Courtney Hague Dewees
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Publication
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  • "November 2005."
  • UMI number: 3198905
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 196-206) and appendices
Control code
ocm65523684
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
ix, 208 p.
Other physical details
ill., forms
System control number
(OCoLC)65523684
Label
An investigation of bereaved parents : coping strategies and effects on the marital relationship : a dissertation presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of St. Mary's University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision, by Courtney Hague Dewees
Publication
Note
  • "November 2005."
  • UMI number: 3198905
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 196-206) and appendices
Control code
ocm65523684
Dimensions
29 cm
Extent
ix, 208 p.
Other physical details
ill., forms
System control number
(OCoLC)65523684

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