Explanatory model of health in bereaved parents post-fetal/infant death

Int J Nurs Stud. 2004 Nov;41(8):869-80. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2004.03.013.


In order to identify which features contribute to attenuating or intensifying the deleterious consequences of a perinatal loss such that some family systems endure and sometimes even thrive when faced with such a situational stressor, while other family units seem to deteriorate and disintegrate under similar circumstances, an explanatory model of health was tested. The purpose of this longitudinal study was to examine how the relationships between the elements in the model namely: resources both internal (hardiness) and external (marital and social supports), as well as appraisal of the situation, predicted the health of 110 bereaved couples (husbands and wives).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Bereavement*
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Fetal Death*
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Internal-External Control
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Marriage / psychology
  • Mental Health*
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Quebec
  • Regression Analysis
  • Social Support
  • Stress, Psychological / etiology
  • Stress, Psychological / prevention & control
  • Stress, Psychological / psychology
  • Sudden Infant Death*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires