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Thesis

Perceptions of Perinatal Loss: Miscarriage Versus Stillbirth

24 July 2006

Abstract

Female university students' perceptions of miscarriage and stillbirth were examined using the Perinatal Grief Scale-Short Form (PGS) and the Perceptions of Medical Patients Questionnaire (pMPQ). The results indicated that participant ratings of a hypothetical stillborn vignette reflected higher scores of perceived grief than participant ratings of the hypothetical miscarriage vignette, and participant ratings of the stillborn vignette reflected higher scores of expected discomfort visiting the woman than participant ratings of the miscarriage vignette. Because females who compose perinatal loss patients' social support networks view miscarriage as less severe than stillbirth, it is likely that they . provide less support to women who experience miscarriage. Limits, implications, and future directions were also discussed.


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