Gender Differences in Bereavement among Couples after Loss of a Child: A Professionals Perspective


Social Work

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Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

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Clinical research paper


Kendra J. Garrett


This qualitative study examined gender differences in bereavement, particularly among couples after the loss of a child. Data were collected through semi-standardized interviews with four helping professionals that work with couples during the bereavement process following the death of a child. Common themes were found through an open coding method that analyzed the data for commonalities among the participants. There were four different themes that emerged from the data: reactions and coping mechanisms, family structure, external influences and effect on the marriage. The majority of the findings from this study coincided with previous research. Implications for this study suggest further research into the similarities and differences of bereavement that couples experience after the loss of a child. Further research will only strengthen the understanding of gender differences in bereavement and couples, and professionals can utilize that knowledge throughout the bereavement process.


gender differences in bereavement

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