How do fathers make sense of their experience of stillbirth after therapy? An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/605226
Title:
How do fathers make sense of their experience of stillbirth after therapy? An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Authors:
Humphry-Baker, Hannah Jane
Abstract:
This study aimed to address how fathers made sense of their experience of losing their baby due to stillbirth after receiving one-to-one counselling/therapy. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to explore the unique lived experience of each father. Eight semi-structured interviews were carried out with fathers of a stillborn baby who had experienced some form of one-to-one counselling/therapy in the aftermath of their loss. The research found that fathers developed an embodied relationship and continued to experience an ongoing relationship with their stillborn child. The fathers were changed by their experience of having a stillborn baby in fundamental and complex ways. The fathers also re-addressed aspects of their ‘masculine selves’ in response to this profound loss. It was meaningful for the fathers when their relationship with their stillborn child was validated and legitimised in their one-to-one counselling/therapy. Moreover, some fathers were able to address the confusion and ambiguity around the nature of their loss and their experience as men. The fathers expressed the unique ways they were transformed by their experience emotionally, psychologically, and existentially. Some fathers could begin to make sense of this and find meaning in their experience when it was recognised in their individual therapy. Finally, a critique of the limitations of the research process and methodology was provided and suggestions for further research were offered.
Advisors:
Gateanidis, Anastasios; Allegranti, Beatrice
Publisher:
Roehampton University
Issue Date:
2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/605226
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
PsychD
Appears in Collections:
PhD Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorGateanidis, Anastasiosen
dc.contributor.advisorAllegranti, Beatriceen
dc.contributor.authorHumphry-Baker, Hannah Janeen
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-14T08:46:08Zen
dc.date.available2016-04-14T08:46:08Zen
dc.date.issued2015en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/605226en
dc.descriptionPsychDen
dc.description.abstractThis study aimed to address how fathers made sense of their experience of losing their baby due to stillbirth after receiving one-to-one counselling/therapy. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to explore the unique lived experience of each father. Eight semi-structured interviews were carried out with fathers of a stillborn baby who had experienced some form of one-to-one counselling/therapy in the aftermath of their loss. The research found that fathers developed an embodied relationship and continued to experience an ongoing relationship with their stillborn child. The fathers were changed by their experience of having a stillborn baby in fundamental and complex ways. The fathers also re-addressed aspects of their ‘masculine selves’ in response to this profound loss. It was meaningful for the fathers when their relationship with their stillborn child was validated and legitimised in their one-to-one counselling/therapy. Moreover, some fathers were able to address the confusion and ambiguity around the nature of their loss and their experience as men. The fathers expressed the unique ways they were transformed by their experience emotionally, psychologically, and existentially. Some fathers could begin to make sense of this and find meaning in their experience when it was recognised in their individual therapy. Finally, a critique of the limitations of the research process and methodology was provided and suggestions for further research were offered.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherRoehampton Universityen
dc.subjectStillbirthen
dc.subjectMiscarriageen
dc.subjectFathersen
dc.subjectCounsellingen
dc.titleHow do fathers make sense of their experience of stillbirth after therapy? An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysisen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
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