Developing a psychological understanding of complex loss


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Chohan, Gagandeep Kaur (2016). Developing a psychological understanding of complex loss. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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This thesis was submitted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Doctor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Birmingham. The thesis comprises of two volumes. Volume I is concerned with developing a psychological understanding of the psychological impacts and experiences of individuals’ affected by complex grief. It contains three chapters: a meta-ethnography, an empirical paper and a public dissemination document. The meta-ethnography critically reviews qualitative literature of couple’s experiences of a subsequent pregnancy and parenting following a pregnancy loss through miscarriage, stillbirth and/or neonatal death, and provides a higher-level interpretation of these findings. The empirical paper uses Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) to conduct an exploration of the lived experience of family members bereaved by heroin overdose. The findings were explored in relation to their applicability to existing models and theories of bereavement. The public dissemination document provides a brief summary using simple language of the first and second chapters, to be accessible to a wider audience. Volume II consists of four clinical practice reports and a summary of an oral presentation describing clinical work undertaken on clinical placements.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry


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