Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Efficacy of Physical Activity after the Death of a Loved One: Walking and Grief an Intervention Study
by Derksen, Amber, Ph.D., Hampton University, 2016, 135; 10256214
Abstract (Summary)

The death of a loved one is associated with feelings of grief, which is a multifaceted emotional response for individuals’ who are attempting to cope with a loss. The grieving process can have an unpredictable trajectory for each person, even though it may encompass many common and familiar features. Grief after a loss incorporates an expansive range of emotional and physical responses, which frequently consists of feelings of sadness, depression, and loneliness. Few studies have reviewed effective interventions for combating the emotional and physical symptoms of grief after the loss of a loved one. Walking is an affordable bereavement care intervention that may prove beneficial in improving grief responses and the related physical and psychological symptoms. A physical activity, such as walking, is a type of activity that is easily performed that may ultimately reduce the effects of stress, decrease depression, and improve mood in persons who have experienced the death of a loved one. The conceptual framework that guided this study was the Roy Adaptation Model.

The purpose of this study was to decrease the severity of grief related symptoms associated after the death of a loved one using an acute three-week walking regimen and comparing baseline responses to walking completion responses on the Texas Revised Inventory of Grief (TRIG). A convenience sample of 62 persons in southeastern Georgia who had experienced the loss of a loved one participated in the three-week walking regimen. The results showed no statistical improvement in grief scores after a three-week walking program.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Montgomery, Arlene
Commitee: Burns, Dorothy, Davis, Bertha, McGee, Zinna
School: Hampton University
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Virginia
Source: DAI-B 78/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Death, Grief, Intervention, Walking
Publication Number: 10256214
ISBN: 9781369790016
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