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ERIC Number: EJ1049565
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-1651
Grief and the Internet: Insights for FCS Professionals
Gianatassio, Heather M.; Kimberly, Claire
Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, v106 n3 p41-47 2014
Working with individuals dealing with death and loss can be particularly challenging for family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals, but what is unknown is how FCS practitioners can utilize social media to understand and assist in the mourning process. The purpose of this study was to gather information about grieving via online social networking sites, taking into consideration different types of grief and loss (i.e., complicated grief, anticipatory grief, and ambiguous loss). Data were collected from 44 in memoriam profile webpages on MySpace and Facebook social media accounts. Findings show a variation in how the general public utilizes social media by the form of grief/loss experienced. Half of the responses were classified as anticipatory grief (53%; knew person was terminally ill), over one third were ambiguous in nature (33%; no finality), and 14% were classified as complicated grief (prolonged grieving). Recommendations for future research and for FCS professionals are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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