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Fathers and grieving: coping with infant death.
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PMID:  2313398     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
As we have listened to parents who have come to our parent support group during the past 10 years, we have become increasingly aware of the differences in the way fathers and mothers grieve. These differences can lead to misunderstanding and to further hurt and confusion for both parents who are grieving the loss of an infant. Role expectations seem to account for many of these differences. Fathers' responses to infant loss tend to coincide with how they believe they should act as men, rather than how they need to act to confront and resolve grief. We conducted a pilot study of parents' experiences following infant death, and sought more detailed insight from several fathers into their experiences. In this article, we explore some of the differences in the way fathers and mothers grieve and the constraints men experience in resolving grief because of their role expectations.
A S Cordell; N Thomas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0743-8346     ISO Abbreviation:  J Perinatol     Publication Date:  1990 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-04-18     Completed Date:  1990-04-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501884     Medline TA:  J Perinatol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  75-80     Citation Subset:  IM    
Children's Medical Center, Dayton, OH 45404-1815.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Attitude to Death*
Fathers / psychology*
Infant, Newborn*

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