A relational turbulence theory perspective on women’s grief following miscarriage

Xi Tian*, Denise Haunani Solomon

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study used relational turbulence theory to examine (a) how the relational impact of miscarriage corresponded with bereaved mothers’ grief responses and (b) the association between a partner’s supportive conversational behaviors and relationship qualities. The sample included 193 women who had experienced a miscarriage within the previous year. As predicted, relational uncertainty was positively associated with women’s negative appraisals of miscarriage; facilitation from a partner was positively associated with women’s negative emotions; bereaved mothers’ negative appraisals and negative emotional responses covaried; and a partner’s supportive conversational behaviors were positively associated with facilitation from a partner. Contrary to our predictions, interference from a partner was not associated with more intense negative emotions, and a partner’s supportive conversational behaviors were positively associated with relational uncertainty and interference from a partner. The discussion highlights the relational impact of miscarriage on bereaved mothers’ experiences of grief.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1852-1872
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume37
Issue number6
Early online date16 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2020

User-Defined Keywords

  • Grief
  • miscarriage
  • partner interdependence
  • relational uncertainty
  • supportive communication

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