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Father’s grief when a disabled child dies

Publication year
2001
Author(s)
Wood, J. D.; Milo, E.
Pages
635-661
Volume
25
Number
8

This qualitative study examines the subjective experience of fathers’ grief responses to the death of a child with a disability. Eight fathers were interviewed and completed the Grief Experience Inventory (GEI). GEI results indicated that fathers did not differ significantly from parents who lose a child in other ways. However, subjectively, fathers consistently reported that their bereavement was marked by a "double loss’: disability and then death. Consistent with the literature on gender differences in bereavement fathers reported greater emotional stoicism and used activity, rather than talk or social support, as a primary coping strategy. Clinical implications for professionals working with grieving men or with couples are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved).

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