Psychosocial Impact on Couples after Perinatal Loss: An One-Year Follow-Up Study

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/304326
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Psychosocial Impact on Couples after Perinatal Loss: An One-Year Follow-Up Study
Author(s):
Tseng, Ying-Fen; Cheng, Hsiu-Rong; Cheng, Pi-Tzu
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Non-member
Author Details:
Ying-Fen Tseng, PhD, RN, ying_fen2003@yahoo.com.tw; Hsiu-Rong Cheng, RN, MSN, MEd; Pi-Tzu Cheng, BS;
Abstract:

Poster presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013

Purpose:

To explore the psychosocial impact of perinatal loss on couples in Taiwan who had experienced the event within one year. Further, to identify the effect of various factors—for example, demographic variables, marital relationship, and social support—on the changing grief status of couples.

Methods:

This study used a longitudinal research design, and thirty couples who experienced miscarriages or stillbirths were recruited by a convenience sampling method at a teaching hospital in southern Taiwan. Data were collected at one month (T1), three months (T2), six months (T3), and one year (T4) after the pregnancy termination using questionnaires, including the Munich Grief Scale, Dyadic Adjustment Scale, and Visual Analog Scale for Social Support. A Generalized Estimating Equation (GEE) accounts for the correlation among repeated observations that were employed for analyzing the changing status of grief and its related factors among the bereaved couples.

Results:

Multivariate GEE analysis indicated that time, gender, infertility history, religious belief, the number of living children, marital satisfaction, social support, and ritual were significantly correlated with post-bereavement grief. The extent of couples’ post-bereavement grief was alleviated over the four time points, and women reported a greater extent of grief than their husbands. Couples who had a history of infertility, had no religious beliefs, and had no living children experienced a higher level of grief than other participants. Furthermore, couples reported a greater extent of grief if they had a lower level of marital satisfaction, had less support from their parents-in-law, and had never participated in a ritual for their deceased babies.

Conclusions:

Based on the findings of this study, it is recommended that nurses enhance their competency in identifying influencing factors of grief during families’ bereavement periods. Follow-up programs should be provided to high-risk families to facilitate the couples’ healing after the loss of their babies.

Keywords:
grief; couple; perinatal loss
Repository Posting Date:
22-Oct-2013
Date of Publication:
22-Oct-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
24th International Nursing Research Congress
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Prague, Czech Republic
Description:
24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.
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.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titlePsychosocial Impact on Couples after Perinatal Loss: An One-Year Follow-Up Studyen_GB
dc.contributor.authorTseng, Ying-Fenen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCheng, Hsiu-Rongen_GB
dc.contributor.authorCheng, Pi-Tzuen_GB
dc.contributor.departmentNon-memberen_GB
dc.author.detailsYing-Fen Tseng, PhD, RN, ying_fen2003@yahoo.com.tw; Hsiu-Rong Cheng, RN, MSN, MEd; Pi-Tzu Cheng, BS;en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/304326-
dc.description.abstract<p>Poster presented on: Tuesday, July 23, 2013, Monday, July 22, 2013</p><b>Purpose: </b> <p>To explore the psychosocial impact of perinatal loss on couples in Taiwan who had experienced the event within one year. Further, to identify the effect of various factors—for example, demographic variables, marital relationship, and social support—on the changing grief status of couples. <div> <div> <div><p><b>Methods: </b> <p>This study used a longitudinal research design, and thirty couples who experienced miscarriages or stillbirths were recruited by a convenience sampling method at a teaching hospital in southern Taiwan. Data were collected at one month (T1), three months (T2), six months (T3), and one year (T4) after the pregnancy termination using questionnaires, including the Munich Grief Scale, Dyadic Adjustment Scale, and Visual Analog Scale for Social Support. A Generalized Estimating Equation (GEE) accounts for the correlation among repeated observations that were employed for analyzing the changing status of grief and its related factors among the bereaved couples. </div> </div> </div><p><b>Results: </b> <p>Multivariate GEE analysis indicated that time, gender, infertility history, religious belief, the number of living children, marital satisfaction, social support, and ritual were significantly correlated with post-bereavement grief. The extent of couples’ post-bereavement grief was alleviated over the four time points, and women reported a greater extent of grief than their husbands. Couples who had a history of infertility, had no religious beliefs, and had no living children experienced a higher level of grief than other participants. Furthermore, couples reported a greater extent of grief if they had a lower level of marital satisfaction, had less support from their parents-in-law, and had never participated in a ritual for their deceased babies. <p><b>Conclusions: </b> <p>Based on the findings of this study, it is recommended that nurses enhance their competency in identifying influencing factors of grief during families’ bereavement periods. Follow-up programs should be provided to high-risk families to facilitate the couples’ healing after the loss of their babies.en_GB
dc.subjectgriefen_GB
dc.subjectcoupleen_GB
dc.subjectperinatal lossen_GB
dc.date.available2013-10-22T20:33:36Z-
dc.date.issued2013-10-22-
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-22T20:33:36Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name24th International Nursing Research Congressen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationPrague, Czech Republicen_GB
dc.description24th International Nursing Research Congress Theme: Bridge the Gap Between Research and Practice Through Collaboration. Held at the Hilton Prague Hotel.en_GB
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.en_GB
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