Problematic emotions and maternal grief

Peter Barr, Joanne Cacciatore

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Abstract

The study was an empirical examination of the relation of personality proneness to "problematic social emotions" (Dispositional Envy Scale), jealousy (Interpersonal Jealousy Scale), and shame and guilt (Personal Feelings Questionnaire-2) - to maternal grief (Perinatal Grief Scale-33) following miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, or infant/ child death. The 441 women who participated in the study were enrolled from the Website, e-mail contact lists, and parent support groups of an organization that offers information and support to bereaved parents. All four problematic emotions were positively correlated with maternal grief. Envy, jealousy, and guilt made significant unique contributions to the variance in maternal grief. Overall, time lapse since the loss and the four problematic emotion predispositions explained 43% of the variance in maternal grief following child bereavement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-348
Number of pages18
JournalOmega: Journal of Death and Dying
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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