Search for meaning, finding meaning and adjustment in women following miscarriage: a longitudinal study

Nikcevic, Ana V. and Nicolaides, Kypros H (2014) Search for meaning, finding meaning and adjustment in women following miscarriage: a longitudinal study. Psychology & Health, 29(1), pp. 50-63. ISSN (print) 0887-0446

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Abstract

Objective : The purpose of this study was to explore the associations between meaning making and psychological adjustment in 127 women who experienced a miscarriage. Design : A longitudinal and controlled study design was employed. Main outcome measures : Meaning-making variables and distress outcomes were examined at four, seven and 16 weeks after miscarriage, in two groups of women, one who had medical investigations of the cause of their loss, and a control group receiving standard care. Results : Search for meaning was very common and it declined with time after miscarriage. By seven weeks post-loss, more than half the women reported that they had found meaning/understood why the miscarriage happened. Providing information about the cause of the loss was associated with finding meaning. A decline in the search for meaning and finding meaning at seven weeks post-miscarriage, predicted levels of distress at 16 weeks, whilst controlling for the initial distress and for significant background factors. Conclusions : This study provides support for the notion that search for meaning is very common following negative life events, such as miscarriage, and that finding meaning is important in many peoples' process of adjustment. Providing information about the cause of the loss facilitates finding meaning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: adjustment, finding meaning, meaning making, miscarriage
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017)
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (until 2017) > School of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology (from November 2012)
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Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2013 11:41
Last Modified: 22 May 2014 15:23
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2013.823497
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/26193

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