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Clower, Christen E., Pregnancy Loss: Disenfranchised Grief and Other Psychological
Reactions. Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology), August 2003, 136 pp. 4 tables,
references, 34 titles.
It is widely acknowledged in the literature that grief is most intense when it is
experienced by parents whose children have died. However, as recently as 20 years ago,
mothers whose children died at birth or before the pregnancy had reached full term were
often dismissed as merely medical patients, and their psychological reactions were not
considered or acknowledged by professionals, their friends, or their families. More
recently fields such as psychology have recognized that women who have experienced
pregnancy loss have complex psychological reactions to their loss. The present study
examined the patterns of grief of women who have had a pregnancy end in spontaneous
abortion or stillbirth and the ways in which these women gave meaning to their
experiences. Participants were asked to complete several measures including the Perinatal
Grief Scale (PGS), the Hogan Grief reaction Checklist (HGRC), the Perceived Social
Support Scale (PSS), and the Inventory of Social Support (ISS). The participants also
wrote a narrative account of their loss experience. These narratives were content analyzed
to delineate common themes. The findings indicated several important factors which may
be useful in understanding and assisting in post-loss adjustment.
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Clower, Christen E. Pregnancy Loss: Disenfranchised Grief and Other Psychological Reactions, dissertation, August 2003; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4340/m1/2/: accessed July 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .