Parental relationships following the loss of a child
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OriginalversjonDyregrov, A., Gjestad, R., & Dyregrov, K. (2019). Parental relationships following the loss of a child. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 1-21. 10.1080/15325024.2019.1666482
To enhance understanding of parental relationships following the loss of a child, a questionnaire was sent to members of Norwegian bereavement support organizations. The sample consisted of 175 couples. Using the Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS), we found that an individual’s ability to talk to a partner about own feelings positively correlated with fewer problems and higher satisfaction and cohesion in the couple. Couples felt closer to one another following the loss and were pleased with their relationship. Early intervention may help couples navigate the changes necessitated in a relationship by the loss of a child and prevent negative dyadic changes.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Loss and Trauma on 20 Sep 2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15325024.2019.1666482.