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ERIC Number: EJ765939
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0748-1187
Social Sharing of Bereavement Experience by Chinese Bereaved Persons in Hong Kong
Chow, Amy Y. M.; Chan, Cecilia L. W.; Ho, Samuel M. Y.
Death Studies, v31 n7 p601-618 Aug 2007
Contrary to the belief that the Chinese do not share emotionally intense experiences, findings from a cross-sectional study of 292 respondents who lost either a spouse or a parent in the previous 2 years in Hong Kong indicated that only 10% did not share their bereavement experiences with another person. The physical health and emotional state of non-sharers was found to be no different to those who shared. In addition, the Chinese are believed to limit their social sharing of personal experiences to family members only. In our study, we found that for those who shared, the persons they shared most with were their best friends, siblings, and professionals. Non-family members are clearly eligible "sharees" for Chinese people. Differences in the reactions of sharees in good and bad sharing experiences were identified. Based on these findings, implications for bereavement care for Chinese are delineated. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong