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Complicated grief after perinatal loss.
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PMID:  22754291     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The loss of an infant through stillbirth, miscarriage, or neonatal death is recognized as a traumatic life event. Predictors of development of complicated grief after prenatal loss include lack of social support, pre-existing relationship difficulties, or absence of surviving children, as well as ambivalent attitudes or heightened perception of the reality of the pregnancy. Risk of complicated grief was found to be especially high after termination of a pregnancy due to fetal abnormality. Studies have revealed that men and women show different patterns of grief, potentially exacerbating decline in a relationship. Although it is clear that prenatal loss has a large psychological impact, it is concluded that there is a substantial lack of randomized controlled studies in this field of research.
Anette Kersting; Birgit Wagner
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dialogues in clinical neuroscience     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1958-5969     ISO Abbreviation:  Dialogues Clin Neurosci     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-03     Completed Date:  2012-11-20     Revised Date:  2013-07-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101238198     Medline TA:  Dialogues Clin Neurosci     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  187-94     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychosomatic Medicine, University of Leipzig, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Spontaneous / psychology*
Adaptation, Psychological*
Adjustment Disorders / diagnosis*,  psychology
Fetal Death
Social Support*
Stillbirth / psychology*

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