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Contexts and evolution of women's responses to miscarriage during the first year after loss
Article first published online: 22 JAN 2007
Copyright © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 2–16, February 2007
How to Cite
Swanson, K. M., Connor, S., Jolley, S. N., Pettinato, M. and Wang, T.-J. (2007), Contexts and evolution of women's responses to miscarriage during the first year after loss. Res. Nurs. Health, 30: 2–16. doi: 10.1002/nur.20175
- Issue published online: 22 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 22 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 SEP 2006
- National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH, NINR. Grant Number: R29 01899
- University of Washington Center for Women's Health Research, NIH, NINR. Grant Number: P 30 NR04001
- spontaneous abortion;
- emotional response
Descriptions of 85 women's feelings about miscarriage at 1, 6, 16, and 52 weeks were inductively coded, rank-ordered, and clustered into 3 responses: healing, actively grieving, and overwhelmed. Women who were actively grieving or overwhelmed at 1 week experienced significantly less distress from 6 weeks on. Responses at 1 week differed with regards to those who had a history of perinatal loss or went on to experience negative life events or sexual distance after loss. One year responses differed based on who was pregnant or gave birth, miscarried again, lived through a higher number of post-loss negative life events, or experienced interpersonal or sexual distance from their mate. Responses were not influenced by gestational age at loss or having other children. © 2007 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 30: 2–16, 2007