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When A Premature Baby Dies: Grief And Post-traumatic Growth In Parents

27.02.2007
A University of Zurich investigation addresses the issue of grief and post-traumatic growth in parents in an article published in the second 2007 issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

The aims of this article were to assess grief and post-traumatic growth in parents 2-6 years after the death of a premature baby (24-26 weeks' gestation) and to evaluate Pictorial Representation of Illness and Self-Measure (PRISM) in the assessment of bereavement.

Fifty-four parents were assessed for their experiences during hospitalization and by questionnaires regarding grief (MTS), post-traumatic growth, affective symptoms and the visual representation of the baby and the self of the parents (PRISM). Even 2-6 years after the loss of their extremely preterm infant the parents still suffer a lot from their bereavement, mothers more so than fathers (Mann-Whitney U test, U = 230.5, p

Mothers showed more post-traumatic growth than fathers (U = 140.5, p

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