Fathers and Perinatal Loss (Dissertation)

Tracy Schaperow, Psy.D.

Tracy Schaperow

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Fathers And Perinatal Loss

Tracy Schaperow, Psy.D.



Table Of Contents

  CHAPTER I: Introduction  
  Statement Of The Problem  
  Statement Of Purpose  
  CHAPTER II: Literature Review  
  Expectant Fatherhood  
  The Development of Paternal Identity  
  Parenthood as a Developmental Phase  
  Psychological Experiences of Expectant Fathers  
  Physical Changes of Expectant Fathers  
  Models And Theories of Grief  
  Uniqueness Of Perinatal Loss  
  Complications In Mourning  
  Perinatal Loss And Adult Development  
  Psychological Reactions To Perinatal Loss  
  Differences Among Various Types of Perinatal Loss  
  Grief And The Marital Relationship  
  General Review Of The Literature  
  A Qualitative Study Examining Fathers Experiencing a Perinatal Loss  
  The Influence of Ultrasound Scans on Grief  
  Men and Their Role as Supporters  
  Summary And Conclusion  
  CHAPTER III: Method And Procedure  
  Inclusion Criteria  
  Exclusion Criteria  
  Semi-structured Interview  
  Perinatal Grief Scale  
  T.A.T. and the C.A.T.- H.  
  Interview Data  
  PGS Scoring  
  The T.A.T. and C.A.T.-H Data Analysis  
  Rationale for the Use of Qualitative Research  
  Protection of Human Subjects  
  CHAPTER IV: Results  
  Description of the Sample  
  Table 1: Demographic Information  
  Figure 1: Type of Loss  
  Figure II: Time elapsed since loss  
  Individual Analysis  
  Participant One: Dennis, Background  
  Dennis, Interview  
  First Year After Loss  
  Beyond Year One  
  Table II: Dennis’s Perinatal Grief Scale Scores  
  Table III: Dennis’s T.A.T. Results  
  Table IV: Dennis’s C.A.T.-H Results  
  Brief Commentary on Dennis’s Results  
  Participant Two: Karl  
  Karl, Interview  
  First Year After Loss  
  Beyond Year One  
  Table V: Karl's Perinatal Grief Scale Scores  
  Table VI: Karl's T.A.T. Results  
  Table VII: Karl's C.A.T.-H Results  
  Brief Commentary on Kar's Results  
  Participant Three: Raymond  
  Raymond, Interview  
  Thirteen Months After Loss  
  Table VIII: Raymond's Perinatal Grief Scale Scores  
  Table IX: Raymond's T.A.T. Results  
  Table X: Raymond's C.A.T.-H Results  
  Brief Commentary on Raymond's Results  
  Participant Four: Peter  
  Peter, Interview  
  Four Months After Loss  
  Table XI: Peter's Perinatal Grief Scale Scores  
  Table XII: Peter's T.A.T. Results  
  Table XIII: Peter's C.A.T.-H Results  
  Brief Commentary on Peter's Results  
  Participant Five: Ryan  
  Ryan, Interview  
  Experiences During Second Pregnancy  
  Initial Response to Belinda's Death  
  Difference Between the Two Losses  
  Table XIV: Ryan's Perinatal Grief Scores  
  Table XV: Ryan's T.A.T. Results  
  Table XVI: Ryan's C.A.T.-H Results  
  Brief Commentary on Ryan's Results  
  Figure III: Frequency table of themes extracted from the interviews  
  Table XVII: Summary of Perinatal Grief Scale (PGS) Scores  
  Chapter V: Discussion  
  Individual Analysis: Dennis  
  Common Themes  
  Similarities Among Participants Before the Loss  
  Emotional Consequences to the Loss  
  Shock and Numbness  
  Guilt and Sense of Responsibility  
  Fathers as Managers  
  Relationship Changes With Spouse  
  Using Support as a Way of Coping with the Loss  
  Conscious Versus Unconscious Grief  
  Table XVIII: Conscious Versus Unconscious Grief  
  Implications for Clinical Theory  
  Limitations of the Current Study  
  Suggestions for Future Research  
  Summary and Conclusion  


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