Pre-bereavement meaning and post-bereavement distress in mothers of children who underwent haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Lisa Wu, George Bonanno, Katherine DuHamel, William H. Redd, Christine Rini, Jane Austin, Nancy Nereo, Jamie Ostroff, Susan Parsons, Richard Martini, Sharon Williams, Laura Mee, Sandra Sexson, Sharon Manne

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Abstract

Objectives. The purpose of this study was to explore the association of meaning-making with psychological adjustment to bereavement among mothers of children who had undergone haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). Design. A prospective research design was used. Regression analyses were conducted to determine the relations between pre-bereavement variables (distress, searching for meaning, and finding meaning) and distress post-bereavement. Methods. Thirty-five mothers of children who had undergone HSCT were interviewed at the time of their child's HSCT and 3 months post-bereavement. Results. Mothers who reported searching for meaning at HSCT reported greater post-bereavement distress, and mothers who reported finding meaning at HSCT reported less post-bereavement distress. Distress at HSCT and the number of days between the time of death and the post-bereavement time point were also found to be significant predictors of post-bereavement distress. Conclusions. This study provides partial support for the role of meaning in adjustment to loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-433
Number of pages15
JournalBritish journal of health psychology
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Bereavement
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Mothers
Social Adjustment
Research Design
Cell Count
Regression Analysis

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Wu, Lisa ; Bonanno, George ; DuHamel, Katherine ; Redd, William H. ; Rini, Christine ; Austin, Jane ; Nereo, Nancy ; Ostroff, Jamie ; Parsons, Susan ; Martini, Richard ; Williams, Sharon ; Mee, Laura ; Sexson, Sandra ; Manne, Sharon. / Pre-bereavement meaning and post-bereavement distress in mothers of children who underwent haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. In: British journal of health psychology. 2008 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 419-433.
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Pre-bereavement meaning and post-bereavement distress in mothers of children who underwent haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. / Wu, Lisa; Bonanno, George; DuHamel, Katherine; Redd, William H.; Rini, Christine; Austin, Jane; Nereo, Nancy; Ostroff, Jamie; Parsons, Susan; Martini, Richard; Williams, Sharon; Mee, Laura; Sexson, Sandra; Manne, Sharon.

In: British journal of health psychology, Vol. 13, No. 3, 01.09.2008, p. 419-433.

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