Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A study of direct care staff for individiuals with intellectual disabililties/mental illness regarding grief and loss issues
by Wood, Elizabeth Anne, M.S., North Dakota State University, 2013, 64; 1548371
Abstract (Summary)

Social service agencies often ignore death and dying issues (DDI). Direct care staff (DCS) are left to fend for themselves. They express themselves when it comes to DDI. Training on DDI and grief and loss issues (GLI) is scarce. Theories such as Symbolic Interactionism and Awareness theory help explain GLI and DDI. The methods used in this study include qualitative interviewing. Ten DCS were interviewed from a Fargo social service agency. They were asked questions about their beliefs in DDi and their work with clientele. Also addressed were how DDI effected them personally and their educational background. Results indicated that their were positive perceptions of the disabled people regarding DDI and GLI. The DCS believe that the disabled individual grieves adequately with staff and family assistance. Additionally the disabled persons with whom the DCS worked understood GLI and DDI. The staff at this agency were not trained for DDI until an incident ocured.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Goreham, Gary
Commitee: Kelly, Gina, Klenow, Daniel, Weber, Christina
School: North Dakota State University
Department: Sociology and Anthropology
School Location: United States -- North Dakota
Source: MAI 52/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social research, Mental health, Psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Death, Dying, Grief, Loss, Mental disability, Social service agency
Publication Number: 1548371
ISBN: 978-1-303-55624-1
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