Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An investigation of how child life specialists cope with the death of a patient in the hospital setting
by Stewart, Kelly A., M.A., Mills College, 2013, 38; 1538406
Abstract (Summary)

Child Life Specialists are integral members of the medical team and work directly with medical staff to provide support and end-of-life care and interventions to critically ill patients and their families; however there is no research regarding how Child Life Specialist copes with the death of a patient. The purpose of this study was to investigate how Child Life Specialists cope with the death of a patient in the hospital setting, and which factors influence how they cope with the death of a patient. The current study surveyed 106 Certified Child Life Specialists [CCLSs] and how they coped with the death of a patient. Results revealed factors such as length of time working with patient, relationship with patient and family, bereavement training and end-of-life interventions such as memory making and legacy building, were all factors that influenced how the CCLS coped with the death of a patient. Results conclude that future research would allow for a more in-depth understanding and analysis of how CCLS cope with the death of a patient in the hospital setting.

Keywords: Medical professionals, coping, death, bereavement

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Perez, Linda, Shimpi, Priya, Greer, Sandra C.
Commitee: Marchant, Susan, Perez, Linda M., Shimpi, Priya M.
School: Mills College
Department: School of Education
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Health sciences, Health education
Keywords: Bereavement, Child life specialists, Coping, Death
Publication Number: 1538406
ISBN: 9781303114465
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