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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/155447
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Lived Experience of Widowhood During Pregnancy
Abstract:
The Lived Experience of Widowhood During Pregnancy
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2007
Author:Doherty, Mary Ellen, PhD, RN, CNM
P.I. Institution Name:University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Title:Assistant Professor
Co-Authors:Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, PhD, RN, OCNS
[Research Presentation] The purpose of this study is to describe the lived experience of being widowed during pregnancy. About 7 million U.S. women lose their husbands to accidents, crimes, and illnesses every year.áTerrorist acts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have added to the numbers of childbearing age women who have become widows.áThere are no published studies examining the experiences of widows who were pregnant when their husbands' died.áDescriptive phenomenology was used to answer the question, "What is the lived experience of women who become widowed during pregnancy?" Descriptive phenomenology seeks to describe the experience in terms of essential structures embedded in human phenomena.áWomen who became widows while they were pregnant comprised the voluntary sample. Participants were recruited using 'snowball sampling.' Participants were able to recall, and willingly discuss their widowhood experience.áTheásetting wasáhomes of study participants. Data was collected using face-to-face audio-recorded interviews. Four questions guided the process: How would you describe your circumstance of becoming a widow?á How would you describe your experience of becoming a widow while pregnant? What words, or image comes to mind when you hear the word 'widow?' What else would you like to tell me about your life and experience? áAnalysis procedures from Colaizziá andáLincoln and Guba were used.á The aim was to preserve the uniqueness of each participantÆs experience while capturing essential relationships among the statements.áSeveral themes emerged: 'Denying' and 'bargaining' gave way to 'planning,'á æsupporting,' 'appreciating,' 'changing,' 'moving,' and 'building.' The emotions, vulnerability, and challenges experienced by these women were given a voice.áThis study illustrates how unprepared childbearing families can be, and how practical and empathetic support plays a pivotal role in helping widows cope.á Nurses can serve as advocates for these widows as well as teaching others about the grieving process.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Lived Experience of Widowhood During Pregnancyen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/155447-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Lived Experience of Widowhood During Pregnancy</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2007</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Doherty, Mary Ellen, PhD, RN, CNM</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Massachusetts-Lowell</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">MEDPHD6@aol.com</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, PhD, RN, OCNS</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Presentation] The purpose of this study is to describe the lived experience of being widowed during pregnancy. About 7 million U.S. women lose their husbands to accidents, crimes, and illnesses every year.&aacute;Terrorist acts and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have added to the numbers of childbearing age women who have become widows.&aacute;There are no published studies examining the experiences of widows who were pregnant when their husbands' died.&aacute;Descriptive phenomenology was used to answer the question, &quot;What is the lived experience of women who become widowed during pregnancy?&quot; Descriptive phenomenology seeks to describe the experience in terms of essential structures embedded in human phenomena.&aacute;Women who became widows while they were pregnant comprised the voluntary sample. Participants were recruited using 'snowball sampling.' Participants were able to recall, and willingly discuss their widowhood experience.&aacute;The&aacute;setting was&aacute;homes of study participants. Data was collected using face-to-face audio-recorded interviews. Four questions guided the process: How would you describe your circumstance of becoming a widow?&aacute; How would you describe your experience of becoming a widow while pregnant? What words, or image comes to mind when you hear the word 'widow?' What else would you like to tell me about your life and experience? &aacute;Analysis procedures from Colaizzi&aacute; and&aacute;Lincoln and Guba were used.&aacute; The aim was to preserve the uniqueness of each participant&AElig;s experience while capturing essential relationships among the statements.&aacute;Several themes emerged: 'Denying' and 'bargaining' gave way to 'planning,'&aacute; &aelig;supporting,' 'appreciating,' 'changing,' 'moving,' and 'building.' The emotions, vulnerability, and challenges experienced by these women were given a voice.&aacute;This study illustrates how unprepared childbearing families can be, and how practical and empathetic support plays a pivotal role in helping widows cope.&aacute; Nurses can serve as advocates for these widows as well as teaching others about the grieving process.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T13:51:06Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T13:51:06Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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