Psychosocial implications of stillbirth for the mother and her family : a crisis-support approach

Human, Melanie ; Groenewald, Coen ; Odendaal, Hein J. ; Green, Sulina ; Goldstein, Richard D. ; Kinney, Hannah C. (2014)

Please cite as follows: Human, M., Green, S., Groenewald, C., Goldstein, R. D., Kinney, H. C. & Odendaal, H. J. 2014. Psychosocial implications of stillbirth for the mother and her family: a crisis-support approach. Social Work, 50(4):563-580, doi:10.15270/50-4-392.

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In this article mothers’ emotions after experiencing a stillbirth are discussed. A study combining quantitative and qualitative research provided the foundation for a better understanding of the psychosocial implications of stillbirth for a mother and her family. The crisis-intervention approach was used to assist a control group of 25 mothers and was also evaluated during the study to establish the effectiveness thereof. Findings indicated that those mothers receiving the intervention used different coping mechanisms to deal with the severity of their loss. Narratives further show that relationship problems occurred following the loss. Receiving crisis intervention from a social worker during this period of grief, helped to facilitate the grieving process.

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