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Empty arms: Miscarriage as a negative stressful life event


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Pavić, Suzana. (2018). Empty arms: Miscarriage as a negative stressful life event. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Salkičević, Svjetlana].

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Stressful life events can result in a wide range of physical and psychological problems. Various research in this area are being focused on identifying protective and risk factors that mediate this relationship. The aim of this study is to describe miscarriage in the context of stressful life events and with respect to measures of life satisfaction and psychological distress. The study also examines the role of some characteristics of miscarriage as risk and social and professional support as protective factors. The study was conducted online on a sample of 312 adult participants who had experienced miscarriage. The data was collected using the Scale of stressful life events, Satisfaction with Life Scale, the Clinical Outcome in Routine Evaluation scale, Social Support Questionnaire, Revised Impact of Event scale and a questionnaire designed for research purposes. The results show that miscarriage is estimated to be an extremely stressful life event with the stress estimates of miscarriage being significantly higher than the average stress index of other stressful life events. Additionally, participants achieve results that show an increased level of psychological distress, whereas life satisfaction is not affected. Time passed since the miscarriage, miscarriage stress estimates, perceived social support and satisfaction with help provided by experts are shown to be significant predictors. The more time has passed since the miscarriage, the lower the stress estimates are and the more the participants were satisfied with offered social and professional support the more likely they were to report higher levels of satisfaction with life and lower levels of psychological distress.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: miscarriage, stressful life event, social support, professional help
Subjects: Psychology > Biološka psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Salkičević, Svjetlana
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2019 07:31
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2019 07:31

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