How Adults With an Intellectual Disability Experience Bereavement and Grief: A Qualitative Exploration

McRitchie, Robyn, McKenzie, Karen, Quayle, Ethel, Harlin, Margaret and Neumann, Katja (2014) How Adults With an Intellectual Disability Experience Bereavement and Grief: A Qualitative Exploration. Death Studies, 38 (3). pp. 179-185. ISSN 0748-1187

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07481187.2012.738772

Abstract

This qualitative study explored the lived experiences of bereavement of 13 adults with an intellectual disability and found that their experiences could be situated within the concept of disenfranchised grief. The latter mediated participants' meaning making of the grieving process illustrated in the themes of intra- and interpersonal bereavement experiences, core beliefs about life and death, level of inclusion, and maintaining a continuing relationship with the deceased. The results suggest that participants experience bereavement and grief in a manner similar to that of the general population and suggest the need for open communication, facilitation of informed choice, and a culture of inclusion.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 27-8-2013 ahead of print.
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Karen McKenzie
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 16:42
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 13:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18059

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