Parents’ perceptions of the miscarriage experience

Marianne Hopkins Hutti

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Abstract

This study was conducted to examine parents’ perceptions of miscarriage. Participants were six married couples who experienced a miscarriage 12-18 months prior to data collection. Data were collected during three open-ended interviews with each subject. The analysis process involved identifying miscarriage events and their significance and the standard of the desirable against which the experience was evaluated. Participants who experienced the most intense grief appeared to be those for whom the pregnancy and baby were real, whose actual miscarriage was widely divergent from their epistemic orientation, and who perceived themselves as unable to act in ways to decrease this divergence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-415
Number of pages15
JournalDeath Studies
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was supported by a research grant from the Delta Psi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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