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Describe changes in mothers’ and fathers’ grief from 1 to 13 months after infant/child neonatal/pediatric intensive care unit death and identify factors related to their grief.
Mothers (n = 130) and fathers (n = 52) of 140 children (newborn-18 years) completed the Hogan Grief Reaction Checklist at 1, 3, 6, and 13 months post-death.
Grief decreased from 3 to 13 months for mothers and from 3 to 6 months for fathers. Grief was more intense for: mothers of deceased adolescents and mothers whose child was declared brain dead.
Mothers’ and fathers’ grief intensity may not coincide, resulting in different needs during the 13 months after infant/child death.
Youngblut, JoAnne M.; Brooten, Dorothy; Glaze, Joy; Promise, Teresita; and Yoo, Changwon, "Parent Grief 1–13 Months After Death in Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units" (2018). Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences. 38.
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