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ERIC Number: ED165060
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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New Areas for Preventive Programing: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Lowman, Joseph
Crisis intervention programs for persons experiencing the sudden death of family members or surviving natural disasters have been advocated as methods of primary prevention, although few have actually been implemented. A program utilizing nurses to deliver grief intervention to parents losing a baby to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) was examined as an illustration of such preventive programing. This project covered the state of North Carolina and involved a sample of 154 subject families, after the infants' deaths, three home visits were conducted. Psychological goals of the visits were: (1) to reduce parents' guilt by countering inaccurate explanations for the death; (2) to encourage expression and acceptance of grief and to reassure them that this normal grieving process would end; and (3) to provide support in coping with problems. Demographic data on the families was similar to that reported elsewhere in that younger, unmarried, and nonwhite mothers were overrepresented. Because parents of SIDS victims experience profound feelings of guilt and especially severe crisis reactions, programs relieving guilt and providing additional support to them are felt to have significant preventive potential. Data tentatively supporting the conclusion that the SIDS grief intervention program had a beneficial impact on the participants. (Author/JLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: North Carolina
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, CANADA, August, 1978)