Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Parental grief associated with accidental or violent death of their child: A grounded theory study
by Hopwood, Rebecca Jean, D.H.A., University of Phoenix, 2011, 170; 3452419
Abstract (Summary)

Through a qualitative, grounded theory study of 29 bereaved parents whose child has died due to sudden accident, homicide, or suicide, new theory was constructed. Capacity matrix (CM) parental grief theory for sudden accidental or violent child death involves the combination of three principles (i.e., parent-child connectivity, relevant cultural beliefs, and resilience) that are interrelated and can be experienced at various levels. Connectivity can exist on a scale ranging from most connected to least connected. Cultural beliefs can be categorized as firm/least culture or flexible/most culture. Resilience can exist on a continuum ranging from strong (most resilience) to minimal (least resilience). The three principles and the specific intensity of each comprise an individual’s capacity for the grieving process. The study underscores leader responsibility to support bereaved parents and their coworkers with knowledge, direct services, and policies in support of the bereaved. The experience of sudden or violent child death is one of the most difficult of human experiences and requires a concerted support effort from organized society. In the early part of this 21st century, some support is available, but much more is needed. Through better comprehension of the grieving experience, leaders can assure improved processes that will meet or exceed the goals of health promotion, disease prevention, and organizational effectiveness relative to bereaved parents.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Brennan, Sandra J.
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 72/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Health care management
Keywords: Accidental deaths, Bereavement, Parental grief
Publication Number: 3452419
ISBN: 978-1-124-58994-7
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