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作者 Ferszt, Ginette Gosselin
書名 Studies of grief: Narratives of incarcerated women who experienced the death of a significant person while in prison
國際標準書號 9780493080314
book jacket
說明 191 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 61-12, Section: B, page: 6393
Major Professor: Hesook Suzie Kim
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Rhode Island, 2000
One of the most important issues that an individual confronts during one's life is the death of a significant person. Given the contextual nature of grief, incarcerated women are faced with unique challenges when the death of a person occurs during their imprisonment. Yet, little is known about grief experiences under these circumstances
The research questions guiding this qualitative study were: What are the meanings of the grief experience of incarcerated women? How does their grieving process compare with images of grief depicted as a normal process? To what extent do the women perceive incarceration influencing their grief? In-depth interviews with three women in a medium security prison in New England were completed and analyzed with regard to self-understanding, critical commonsense understanding, and theoretical understanding based on Kvale's (1983, 1996) approach to the interpretation of texts. In addition, narratives extrapolated from the interviews were analyzed using Gee's (1985, 1986, 1991) and Reissman's (1993) approach to narrative analysis
For all three women two events (the delivery of the news of the death and going to the funeral home) were particularly stressful. All the women exhibited an acute grief response which could be expected given the nature of their relationship with their loved one. However, their grief was "suspended." The women were unable to express their grief, participate in important public rituals, and access adequate resources to support their coping. The context of the prison complicated the grieving process resulting in disenfranchised grief. This finding raises critical questions regarding possible complicated bereavement, which can further impact the adjustment to the multiple challenges that women confront when they are released from prison
Implications for nursing knowledge development, nursing practice and education, and the criminal justice system were discussed. Recommendations included longitudinal research studies, education of nurses and nursing students about disenfranchised grief, and policy changes in the criminal justice system
School code: 0186
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 61-12B
主題 Health Sciences, Mental Health
Women's Studies
Health Sciences, Nursing
Sociology, Criminology and Penology
Alt Author University of Rhode Island
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