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Death Stud. 2001 Dec;25(8):635-61.

Fathers' grief when a disabled child dies.

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Kindering Center, Bellevue, Washington, USA.

Abstract

This qualitative study examines the subjective experience of fathers' grief responses to the death of a child with a disability. Eight fathers were interviewed and completed the Grief Experience Inventory (GEI). GEI results indicated that fathers did not differ significantly from parents who lose a child in other ways. However, subjectively, fathers consistently reported that their bereavement was marked by a "double loss": disability and then death. Consistent with the literature on gender differences in bereavement, fathers reported greater emotional stoicism and used activity, rather than talk or social support, as a primary coping strategy. Clinical implications for professionals working with grieving men or with couples are discussed.

PMID:
11883449
DOI:
10.1080/713769895
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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