The development of a methodology to study the grief and adjustment processes of parents following the death of a young child Public Deposited

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  • Purpose of the Study The primary purpose of this investigation was to develop a methodology by which to objectively study and assess the grief and adjustment processes of bereaved parents. An original research and counseling instrument, the Parental Bereavement Interview and Rating Scale (PBIRS), was formulated, field-tested in a preliminary study, and revised. In pursuit of this purpose, descriptive data about the grief of parents who lost a young child (1-20 years) due to sudden and unexpected circumstances were obtained and reported. Research Questions The thirteen research questions addressed fall into three main categories: (a) methodological considerations regarding the construction and format of the PBIRS, the protocol for its administration, and the age criteria used for selection of subjects; (b) quantitative data describing the nature of the parental grief and adjustment processes; and (c) descriptive information about the general characteristics of the subject group in comparison to other bereaved parents in the U.S. and Canada. Methodology The PBIRS was administered between January and April, 1982, to 20 bereaved parents residing in northwestern Oregon. The instrument is based on an expanded version of Kubler-Ross' grief-stage theory, exploring the grief and adjustment processes through the stages of Denial, Anger, Guilt, Depression and Adaptation. A retrospective research method was employed to examine and assess the subjects' progression through the bereavement experience. The Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient was computed to determine the test-retest reliability for PBIRS items. The data were further presented in graphic and tabular forms to allow for comparison between various time periods in the grief process, and between different sub-groups of subjects. Findings The research methodology and instrument were field-tested with satisfactory results. The preliminary reliability study showed 85 percent of the items to have test-retest coefficients of correlation significant at the .05 level. The instrument and the protocol for its administration were well-received by subjects and by leaders of self-help groups for bereaved parents.
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