Author: Aqsa Latif
Supervisor: Afsheen Masood, PhD
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research study was carried out to study the relationship among miscarriage based perceived loss, guilt, shame, perceived social support and maternal grief. It was hypothesized that guilt and shame would mediate the relationship between perceived loss and maternal grief after miscarriage. The perceived social support was hypothesized to moderate the relationship between perceived loss and maternal grief after miscarriage. The sample comprised of 100 women using purposive sampling technique from different hospitals of Lahore. Perceived Loss Questionnaire, Personal Feeling Questionnaire (Harder, & Lewis, 1987), Multidimensional Perceived Social Support Scale (Zimet, Dahlem, Zimet & Farley, 1988) and Perinatal Greif Scale (Toedter, Lasker, & Janssen, 2001) were used as assessment measures. Correlation analysis revealed that perceived loss was positively correlated with shame, guilt and grief and had a negative correlation with perceived social support of family and significant others. All three subscales of perceived social support had significant negative correlation with guilt and shame and grief (MPSS friends didn’t have significant correlation with shame). Guilt and shame had significant positive correlation with grief. Shame emerged to be partially mediating the relationship between perceived loss and grief. Perceived social support of family negatively predicted the grief but none of the subscales of perceived social support emerged to be the moderator between perceived loss and grief. The present research will provide guidelines to the health psychologists and family counselors to give appropriate services to the women who experience miscarriage along with their families cope with maternal grief.
Keywords: Perceived Loss, Guilt, Shame, Perceived Social Support, Maternal Grief, Miscarriage.
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