Grief expressions and coping mechanism of selected women :

Sub Title: a phenomelogical study

Author: Villanueva, Nenita L.

Accession Number: 1574D

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Copyright Year: 2005

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This phenomenological study had for its participants four selected forty to fifty year old women who had experienced loss through death in the family: death of a mother, a husband, a brother and a daughter within a span of two years. The data gathering methods used were in depth interview, observations and checklist. The participants verbally narrated data were content-analyzed employing matrices. These were the synthesized and summarized.The results of the study revealed that the participants went through the different stages of grief in the form of denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. The intensity of expressing grief through the different stages varied among the grievers. Among the coping mechanisms used were repression, fantasy, displacement, idealization and identification. The gravity of coping among the grievers also varied. Kinship to the dead may contribute to the degree of intensity of loss and the difficulty of coping. The closer the dead was to the griever, in terms of blood relationship, the more intense the blow and the more difficult the coping was. Recommendations for the grievers to help them overcome their grief were building support group, joining religious organization,rebuilding oneself, and getting the support of family and friends. Recommendation was likewise offered to institutions,associations and organizations for the availability of guidance services for employees and members who are experiencing grief and other types of psychological problems.


Keywords: Grief expressions, Coping mechanisms

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