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Rider, Jan Kathleen, Ambiguity of Loss. Anticipatory
Grief, and Boundary Ambiguity in Caregiver Spouses and
Parents. Doctor of Philosophy (Counseling Psychology) ,
August, 1993, 288 pp., 15 tables, references, 155 titles.
The purpose of the present cross-sectional study was to
examine the effects of ambiguity of loss and type of
caregiver-to-patient relationship on anticipatory grief,
negative physical and psychological outcomes associated with
grief, and boundary ambiguity in family caregivers of
chronically ill patients. Questionnaires were completed by
23 parents of ill children and 30 spouses of ill mates.
Using an original and a revised concept for level of
ambiguity, partial support was found for the prediction that
parents and spouses in high ambiguity of loss circumstances
would report more anticipatory grief than those in low
ambiguity ones. Contrary to prediction, a slight but
nonsignificant trend occurred for parents and spouses in low
ambiguity situations to report more negative physical and
psychological effects associated with grief as well. Level
of ambiguity was not found to impact boundary ambiguity as
had been hypothesized. Spouses reported more boundary
ambiguity than parents, regardless of level of ambiguity of
the loss. Contrary to prediction that parents would report
less anticipatory grief and more negative physical and
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Rider, Jan, K. (Jan Kathleen). Ambiguity of Loss, Anticipatory Grief, and Boundary Ambiguity in Caregiver Spouses and Parents, dissertation, August 1993; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278288/m1/3/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .