The loss of self: The effect of miscarriage, stillbirth, and child death on maternal self-esteem

Patricia A Wonch Hill, Joanne Cacciatore, Karina M. Shreffler, Kayla M. Pritchard

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Abstract

A child’s death augments how grieving parents view the world, the family, and the self. Using a representative sample of women ages 25–45 who have ever given birth, we assessed whether miscarriage, stillbirth, and child death impact self-esteem and whether this loss is moderated by maternal identity. We found that stillbirth and child death, but not miscarriage, negatively impacted self-esteem. For those who experienced a loss, the impact on self-esteem was moderated by maternal identity. Women who experienced a stillbirth were the only group who had significantly lower self-esteem after controlling for background characteristics and maternal identity variables.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-235
Number of pages10
JournalDeath Studies
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 21 2017

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  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
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The loss of self : The effect of miscarriage, stillbirth, and child death on maternal self-esteem. / Wonch Hill, Patricia A; Cacciatore, Joanne; Shreffler, Karina M.; Pritchard, Kayla M.

In: Death Studies, Vol. 41, No. 4, 21.04.2017, p. 226-235.

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Wonch Hill, Patricia A ; Cacciatore, Joanne ; Shreffler, Karina M. ; Pritchard, Kayla M. / The loss of self : The effect of miscarriage, stillbirth, and child death on maternal self-esteem. In: Death Studies. 2017 ; Vol. 41, No. 4. pp. 226-235.
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