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Old losses: a retrospective study of miscarriage and infant death 1926-1955.
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PMID:  12678186     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Childbearing-related losses of 16 elderly Caucasians (13 women and 3 men, aged 69-90) were examined retrospectively in this qualitative study. Recollections of social support, grief at the time of loss, and current meaning attributed to the loss were the foci of the study. Most respondents recalled having felt grief at the time of miscarriage, fetal death, or infant death, and most did not have lingering feelings of grief. Women who did not have grandchildren and who recalled insufficient social support appeared to be more vulnerable to feelings of lasting grief. A life course approach, which examines personal narrative in relation to ontological, generational, and historical time, fits with the interpretation given by elderly respondents to their childbearing losses.
Laura S Smart
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of women & aging     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0895-2841     ISO Abbreviation:  J Women Aging     Publication Date:  2003  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-04-07     Completed Date:  2003-04-30     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8916635     Medline TA:  J Women Aging     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  71-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Family, Consumer & Nutrition Sciences, Northern llinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Spontaneous / psychology*
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Fetal Death*
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Retrospective Studies
Time Factors

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