Dr. Reg Arthur Williams is an associate professor in the School of Nursing of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Ms. Sally M. Nikolaisen is an instructor in the School of Nursing of Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, Washington. Dr. Williams and Ms. Nikolaisen were faculty members in the School of Nursing of the University of Washington, Seattle, when this study was conducted.
Sudden infant death syndrome: Parents' perceptions and responses to the loss of their infant
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2007
Copyright © 1982 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Research in Nursing & Health
Volume 5, Issue 2, pages 55–61, June 1982
How to Cite
Williams, R. A. and Nikolaisen, S. M. (1982), Sudden infant death syndrome: Parents' perceptions and responses to the loss of their infant. Res. Nurs. Health, 5: 55–61. doi: 10.1002/nur.4770050204
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2007
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2007
- Manuscript Revised: 26 JUN 1981
- Manuscript Received: 2 MAY 1979
- Biomedical Research. Grant Number: RRO5758
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the number one killer of infants under one year of age. Families are left in a state of crisis after a baby dies of SIDS. Thus, crisis counseling has been offered routinely to SIDS parents in King County, Washington. The purpose of this retrospective study was to assess whether mothers differed significantly from fathers in their perception of the situation, their feelings experienced and expressed, their approaches to problem solving, and the support they received. Differences in reactions between single and married parents were also studied. The 48% return rate produced a sample of 54 parents, 37 mothers and 17 fathers, who had lost their infant to SIDS. Statistically significant differences were found between mothers and fathers, as well as between single and married parents, in their view of the SIDS event, their problem solving approaches, and support systems. The results provide useful information for nurses in counseling SIDS parents and in working with families during and after subsequent pregnancies.