This study determined the prevalence of a loss and a grief phenomenon among women transitioning into motherhood. Personal losses were defined according to a new mother's loss of her previous self-identity, self-concept, personal time, autonomy, femininity, occupational identity and social constructs. Grief was defined according to Dr. Kuber-Ross's Five Stages of Grieving (namely, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance), which was originally intended to describe grieving relating to death and the loss of a loved one. The results indicated that the respondents did experience the grief stages associated with a sense of a personal loss. This study suggests that grieving may be a normal and healthy reaction to what may be expected personal losses, and not a result of a dysfunctional personality of a person (i.e., a mental illness called Postpartum Depression), which may aid in changing the one-sided view of childbirth.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Health education|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be