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Parenting school-aged children after the death of a child: A qualitative study on victims’ families of the Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea

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Death studies
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Lee, D. H.; Khang, M.

This study aims to identify parenting experiences after the death of a child. Using interpretive phenomenological analysis, we mapped the experiences of 16 parents with school-aged surviving children after the death of their sibling to the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster in South Korea. Interviews illuminate five master themes of parenting surviving children following a child’s death: (a) parental anxiety, (b) conflicts and obstacles in the parent-child relationship, (c) changes in parenting style, (d) striving to support children’s grief, and (e) seeking outside help for parenting. Implications for supporting grieving parents and their children are discussed in light of the findings.

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