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Exploring Narratives of Pregnancy Loss: the role of self-help groups in supporting parents

McCreight, Bernadette (2007) Exploring Narratives of Pregnancy Loss: the role of self-help groups in supporting parents. Medical Sociology Online, British Sociological Association, 14 pp [Internet publication]

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This paper presents findings from research carried out in Northern Ireland on the experiences of parents who have lost a baby through stillbirth or miscarriage. The research was based on interviews and group observations with men and women who were members of pregnancy loss self-help groups. The paper will draw on an interpretative perspective based on Habermas’s (1987) theory of communicative action to explore the ways in which membership of self-help groups enabled parents to cope with the pain of personal grief after a pregnancy loss. It was found that self-help groups provided a supportive communicative forum in which grieving parents could share their own stories and find support within a community of peers. These findings have clear implications for those working with and through self-help groups, and who are concerned to ensure the efficacy of the limited resources available for this kind of support.

Item Type:Internet publication
Keywords:Narrative / Pregnancy loss / Self-help Groups / Life-worlds
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Sociology and Applied Social Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research
Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research
ID Code:23313
Deposited By: Dr Bernadette McCreight
Deposited On:03 Oct 2012 10:16
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:07

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