PSYCHOSOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF STILLBIRTH FOR THE MOTHER AND HER FAMILY: A CRISIS-SUPPORT APPROACH

  • Melanie Human
  • Coen Groenewald Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg
  • Hein J. Odendaal Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg
  • Sulina Green Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University
  • Richard D. Goldstein Dr Richard Goldstein, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA
  • Hannah C. Kinney Department of Pathology, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, in collaboration with the PASS Network
Keywords: stillbirth, psychosocial, coping, loss, narrative, relationship, social work, grief, grieving process, crisis, intervention, family

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Melanie Human
Ms  Melanie Human, Post Graduate student
Coen Groenewald, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg
Dr Coen Groenewald, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg
Hein J. Odendaal, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg
Prof H.J. Odendaal, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg
Sulina Green, Department of Social Work, Stellenbosch University
Prof. Sulina Green, Head of Department of Social Work, University of Stellenbosch
Richard D. Goldstein, Dr Richard Goldstein, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA
Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, USA
Hannah C. Kinney, Department of Pathology, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, in collaboration with the PASS Network
Dr Hannah C. Kinney, Department of Pathology, Children’s Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

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Published
2014-11-07
How to Cite
Human, M., Groenewald, C., Odendaal, H. J., Green, S., Goldstein, R. D., & Kinney, H. C. (2014). PSYCHOSOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF STILLBIRTH FOR THE MOTHER AND HER FAMILY: A CRISIS-SUPPORT APPROACH. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 50(4). https://doi.org/10.15270/50-4-392
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