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Title: Parents’ Positive Interpersonal Coping After a Child’s Death
Authors: Albuquerque, Sara 
Ferreira, Luana Cunha 
Narciso, Isabel 
Pereira, Marco 
Keywords: Bereavement; Death of a child; Marital relationship; Coping; Mutual support
Issue Date: 15-Mar-2017
Citation: Albuquerque, Sara; Ferreira, Luana Cunha; Pereira, Narciso Marco - Parents’ Positive Interpersonal Coping After a Child’s Death. "Journal of Child and Family Studies". 26:7 (2017) 1817-1830. Disponível na WWW em:<>.
Project: SFRH / BD / 86223 / 2012 
Serial title, monograph or event: Journal of Child and Family Studies
Volume: 26
Issue: 7
Abstract: Despite the challenging context of grieving for the death of a child, evidence shows that it is possible for parents to manage and preserve their relationship. The aim of this study was to examine parents’ perceptions of positive interpersonal coping processes that helped their relationship after the death of their child. Individual semi-structured interviews with 17 bereaved maritally committed parents were conducted. The interview guide included questions covering themes such as parents’ coping together, relationship strengths and mutual support. Data were analyzed through constructivist grounded theory methods. Three main themes were identified: search for meaning (reframing of partners’ different coping processes and the changes/ difficulties in the relationship, and development of shared beliefs); communication with the partner (direct and indirect feedback, and mutual learning); and care-in-relation (caring for the partner and the relationship). Dyad-level interventions should aim at promoting mutual empathy, development of shared appraisals, and the identification and consideration of each other’s boundaries.
DOI: 10.1007/s10826-017-0697-5
Rights: openAccess
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