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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163315
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Lived Experience of Widowhood During Pregnancy
Author(s):
Doherty, Mary Ellen; Scannell-Desch, Elizabeth
Author Details:
Mary Ellen Doherty, RN, CNM, PhD, Associate Professor, Western Connecticut State University Department of Nursing, Danbury, Connecticut, USA, email: dohertym@wcsu.edu; Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, PhD, RN, OCNS, Mount Saint Mary College
Abstract:
Purpose: To describe the lived experience of being widowed during pregnancy. Background: About 7 million U.S. women lose their husbands to accidents, crimes, and illnesses every year. Terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have added to the numbers of childbearing age women who have become widows. There are no published studies examining the experiences of widows who were pregnant when their husbands' died. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): Descriptive 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. Women who became widows while pregnant comprised the voluntary sample. Participants were recruited using "snowball sampling." Participants were able to recall and discuss their experience. The study setting was the homes and neighborhoods of participants. Data was collected using face-to-face audio-recorded interviews. Four questions guided the process: 1-How would you describe your circumstance of becoming a widow? 2-How would you describe your experience of becoming a widow while pregnant? 3-What word, or words, or image comes to mind when you hear the word "widow" 4-What else would you like to tell me about your life and experience? This study used analysis procedures from Colaizzi (1978) and comparative method (Lincoln & Guba, 1985). The aim was to preserve the uniqueness of each participant's experience while capturing essential relationships among the statements. Results: Several themes emerged from analysis. "Denying" and "bargaining" gave way to "planning," "appreciating," "changing," "moving," and "building." The emotions, vulnerability, and challenges experienced by these women were given a voice. Conclusions and Implications: This study illustrates how unprepared childbearing families can be, and how practical and empathetic support plays a pivotal role in helping widows cope. Nurses can serve as advocates for these widows as well as teaching others about the grieving process.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
19th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Lived Experience of Widowhood During Pregnancyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDoherty, Mary Ellenen_US
dc.contributor.authorScannell-Desch, Elizabethen_US
dc.author.detailsMary Ellen Doherty, RN, CNM, PhD, Associate Professor, Western Connecticut State University Department of Nursing, Danbury, Connecticut, USA, email: dohertym@wcsu.edu; Elizabeth Scannell-Desch, PhD, RN, OCNS, Mount Saint Mary Collegeen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163315-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To describe the lived experience of being widowed during pregnancy. Background: About 7 million U.S. women lose their husbands to accidents, crimes, and illnesses every year. Terrorism and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have added to the numbers of childbearing age women who have become widows. There are no published studies examining the experiences of widows who were pregnant when their husbands' died. Methods (Design, Participants, Setting, Data Collection, Analytic approach): Descriptive 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. Women who became widows while pregnant comprised the voluntary sample. Participants were recruited using "snowball sampling." Participants were able to recall and discuss their experience. The study setting was the homes and neighborhoods of participants. Data was collected using face-to-face audio-recorded interviews. Four questions guided the process: 1-How would you describe your circumstance of becoming a widow? 2-How would you describe your experience of becoming a widow while pregnant? 3-What word, or words, or image comes to mind when you hear the word "widow" 4-What else would you like to tell me about your life and experience? This study used analysis procedures from Colaizzi (1978) and comparative method (Lincoln & Guba, 1985). The aim was to preserve the uniqueness of each participant's experience while capturing essential relationships among the statements. Results: Several themes emerged from analysis. "Denying" and "bargaining" gave way to "planning," "appreciating," "changing," "moving," and "building." The emotions, vulnerability, and challenges experienced by these women were given a voice. Conclusions and Implications: This study illustrates how unprepared childbearing families can be, and how practical and empathetic support plays a pivotal role in helping widows cope. Nurses can serve as advocates for these widows as well as teaching others about the grieving process.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:05:17Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:05:17Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name19th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationProvidence, Rhode Island, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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