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Grief As A Skill, Michael Sadowsky Jan 2017

Grief As A Skill, Michael Sadowsky

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This qualitative research study examined seven professionals’ views on grief and loss and opinions regarding reframing grief as a skill. Seven semi-structured interviews were conducted to provide data for this research study. Analytic induction was used for data analysis, with the research question being “how is grief a skill?” Major themes included grief being something that is done instead of an affliction or just emotions. Barriers to grieving was a theme, such as: grief not being taught and being sheltered from death, cultural norms that discourage grief or socialize grief out of people. Another theme was the ways that grief ...


Grieving Students: School Social Workers' Perspectives, Kaitlin Salscheider Jan 2016

Grieving Students: School Social Workers' Perspectives, Kaitlin Salscheider

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Children and adolescents often experience a wide variety of loss and disruptive change throughout their lives. School is where children and adolescents are expected to perform at their best intellectual, emotional, social, and behavioral capacity; however, the reaction after a loss can impact a student's academic performance and include regressive behavior. Schools are a fundamental place for the development of children, and school social workers in particular work with students who have experienced a wide variety of stressful incidents and are critical in improving the social-emotional well-being in students. The purpose of this study was to explore school social ...


The Impact Of Social Media On Emerging Adults' Grieving Experiences, Nikole M. Sharpe Jan 2015

The Impact Of Social Media On Emerging Adults' Grieving Experiences, Nikole M. Sharpe

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Emerging adults experience developmental challenges when faced with loss. They are responsible for meeting developmental milestones, such as, identity achievement as well as mourning a loss both at the same time. This complexity is heightened when adding social media. Social media grieving has become a new way of mourning losses. However, there is still little data on the impact of social media on emerging adults' grieving experiences. A systematic review was utilized to gather and synthesize the most current and relevant empirical data. Twenty five quantitative studies were selected for analysis and key data was abstracted including, sample size, age ...


Acceptance Experience Of Parents Of Children With Mental Illness, Brieanne A. Gallaway Jan 2015

Acceptance Experience Of Parents Of Children With Mental Illness, Brieanne A. Gallaway

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This study seeks to identify the grief and acceptance experiences of parents of children who have been diagnosed with a mental illness. In particular, the study compares the experiences of parents whose children have been diagnosed with a 'socially acceptable' diagnosis to parents whose children have been diagnosed with a 'non-socially acceptable' diagnosis. The study involved 29 parents who were recruited through the method of snowball sampling. A qualitative survey was distributed to parents, with descriptive statistics analyzed through frequency distributions. Qualitative questions were analyzed through content analysis, with responses transcribed and coded by the researcher. The research found that ...


The Betrayed Partner’S Experiences With Grief And Loss Following The Discovery Of An Extramarital Affair, Melinda M. Degroot Jan 2014

The Betrayed Partner’S Experiences With Grief And Loss Following The Discovery Of An Extramarital Affair, Melinda M. Degroot

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Betrayed partners experience a great amount of changes, losses, and grief following the discovery of an extramarital affair. The following study examines the stories of two women and four men from various areas across the United States who were the betrayed partner in a marriage that experienced extramarital affairs. A qualitative approach using semi-structured interviews were conducted to obtain information to answer the following research question: What are the betrayed partner’s experiences with grief and loss following the discovery of an extramarital affair within their marriage? Several themes arose from the findings including: 1) immediate thoughts, feelings, and behaviors ...


Addressing Traumatic Loss And Grief Within Inner City High Schools, Jena Henry Jan 2014

Addressing Traumatic Loss And Grief Within Inner City High Schools, Jena Henry

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Experiences of trauma, loss, and grief have been shown to increase the likelihood of developing serious mental health difficulties and to decrease academic performance, which in turn can be harmful to an individual’s success. This research study examined the perceived prevalence of traumatic loss and grief within inner city high schools, as well as the methods used by inner city high school social workers to address traumatic loss and grief experienced by students, through the use of an online mixed-methods survey. Results showed that all participants perceive a percentage of their student population have experienced traumatic loss and grief ...


Social Work Services In Small Animal Private Practice Settings: A Veterinarian’S Perspective, Natalie K. Leiferman Jan 2014

Social Work Services In Small Animal Private Practice Settings: A Veterinarian’S Perspective, Natalie K. Leiferman

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Humans share a strong bond with animals, when a pet becomes sick or dies an owner can feel extreme grief and bereavement. Research studies have shown that some veterinarians feel they are inadequately trained to handle the pet owner’s feelings of grief and loss. Social workers could have a unique fit in assisting bereaved pet owners, since many social workers help bereaved individuals successfully grieve the loss of a human loved one in a healthy way. The purpose of this study is to see what veterinarian’s attitudes are toward social work services in small animal private practice settings ...


Social Work And Chaplain Perspectives In Offering Long Term Care Bereavement Support, Laura S. Tvedt Jan 2014

Social Work And Chaplain Perspectives In Offering Long Term Care Bereavement Support, Laura S. Tvedt

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Currently, more than 1.4 million people are considered long term care residents in the United States and one in five deaths happen in long term care facilities (Nursing Home Statistics, 2013). The purpose of this study will be to understand the types of grief and loss experienced by family members, as well as gain awareness of bereavement support systems in long term care facilities, what the support systems entail and what, if any, the barriers are to providing support. The research design was qualitative research with interviews. This design was chosen due to the exploratory nature of the research ...


Friendgrief: Perspectives On The Loss Of A Friend, Katie M. Ueland Jan 2014

Friendgrief: Perspectives On The Loss Of A Friend, Katie M. Ueland

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This purpose of this study was to determine the connection between friendship and grief through interviews with professionals in the grief and loss field. The literature review explored friendship and grief within the framework of adult attachment theory. The two independent topics then merged in a discussion about the concept of Friendgrief, the grief experienced due to the death of a friend. The present qualitative study interviewed five grief and loss professionals working in various settings to discover their perspectives on Friendgrief and its implications on social work practice. The content analysis of the data was accomplished through transcription and ...


Grieving Mental Illness: Individual Experiences Of Grief, Loss, And Growth, Alissa Kaasa Jan 2013

Grieving Mental Illness: Individual Experiences Of Grief, Loss, And Growth, Alissa Kaasa

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The purpose of this study was to explore the grief experience of people who develop severe and persistent mental illnesses (SPMI). Group members and facilitators of a Grieving Mental Illness group that met at a suburban drop-in center were asked to voluntarily participant in semi-structured, qualitative, in-person interviews. Content analysis was used to find themes in the group member and facilitator interviews. The findings indicated that individuals with SPMI have a unique grief experience that is enhanced by many factors. Group participants expressed having cycling feelings of grief. These feeling were triggered by life events or reminders of the loss ...


Support After Loss: Straight Talk From Young Widowed Parents, Korie Debruin Jan 2012

Support After Loss: Straight Talk From Young Widowed Parents, Korie Debruin

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Young widowed parents frequently report challenges with their social environment after the deaths of their partners. The purpose of this study was to have young widowed parents identify helpful ways they have been supported since the deaths of their partners. A total of 42 young widowed parents (6 male, 36 female) participated in this study. A mixed method approach was used to answer the following research question: What are helpful ways that people have supported you since the death of your partner? In order to gain this information, participants were asked to complete an online survey that contained both qualitative ...


Companion Animal Loss: A Disenfranchised Form Of Grief And Why It's Relevant To Social Work, Emily Merrill Jan 2012

Companion Animal Loss: A Disenfranchised Form Of Grief And Why It's Relevant To Social Work, Emily Merrill

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Thirty participants of the Companion Animal Love, Loss, and Memories (CALLM) group held at The University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center evaluated this program in order to find out if a mutual aid support group is beneficial for pet loss survivors. Demographics of participants were examined, as well as how efficient the CALLM group was at meeting its five main objectives which are: a.) Normalize feelings b.) Improve understanding on the grief process c.) Improve knowledge of useful coping mechanisms d.) Encourage therapeutic storytelling of one's companion animal and e.)Provide resources and referrals as needed. Results were that ...