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Preschool Child's Response to Death of Infant Sibling

Preschool Child's Response to Death of Infant Sibling Abstract When an infant patient dies, the pediatrician has the potential to help the family in the resolution of their grief. He is also important in interpreting the meaning of the loss of an expected baby or an infant sibling for other children of the family. His understanding helps the parents in working with their other children around this experience.7 This paper focuses on the response of the preschool child to this experience of loss and the help which the pediatrician can offer through his understanding. The loss of a stillborn child or the death of an infant produces a significant emotional response in all members of a family. G. Bibring describes the "maturational integration" which occurs in the mother during pregnancy, and the same process would be expected in other family members.2 When the assumption of new roles is disrupted by the death of the child, new adaptations References 1. Bibring, E.: " The Mechanism of Depression ," in Greenacre, P., ed.: Affective Disorders: Psychoanalytic Contributions to Their Study , New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1953. 2. Bibring, G.; Dwyer, T. F.; Huntington, D. S.; and Valenstein, A. F.: " A Study of the Psychological Process in Pregnancy and of the Earliest Mother-Child Relationship ," in The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child , New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1961, vol 16, pp 1-72. 3. Eissler, K. R.: The Psychiatrist and the Dying Patient , New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1955. 4. Engle, G.: Psychological Development in Health and Disease , Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1962. 5. Fenichel, O.: The Psychoanalytic Theory of Neurosis , New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1945. 6. Freud, S.: " Mourning and Melancholia ," in Collected Papers , London: Hogarth Press, Ltd., 1953, vol 4. 7. Solnit, A. J., and Green, M.: Psychologic Considerations in the Management of Deaths on Pediatric Hospital Services , Pediatrics 24:106, 1959. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Diseases of Children American Medical Association

Preschool Child's Response to Death of Infant Sibling

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American Medical Association
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Copyright © 1963 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.
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0002-922X
DOI
10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050566006
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Abstract

Abstract When an infant patient dies, the pediatrician has the potential to help the family in the resolution of their grief. He is also important in interpreting the meaning of the loss of an expected baby or an infant sibling for other children of the family. His understanding helps the parents in working with their other children around this experience.7 This paper focuses on the response of the preschool child to this experience of loss and the help which the pediatrician can offer through his understanding. The loss of a stillborn child or the death of an infant produces a significant emotional response in all members of a family. G. Bibring describes the "maturational integration" which occurs in the mother during pregnancy, and the same process would be expected in other family members.2 When the assumption of new roles is disrupted by the death of the child, new adaptations References 1. Bibring, E.: " The Mechanism of Depression ," in Greenacre, P., ed.: Affective Disorders: Psychoanalytic Contributions to Their Study , New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1953. 2. Bibring, G.; Dwyer, T. F.; Huntington, D. S.; and Valenstein, A. F.: " A Study of the Psychological Process in Pregnancy and of the Earliest Mother-Child Relationship ," in The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child , New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1961, vol 16, pp 1-72. 3. Eissler, K. R.: The Psychiatrist and the Dying Patient , New York: International Universities Press, Inc., 1955. 4. Engle, G.: Psychological Development in Health and Disease , Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1962. 5. Fenichel, O.: The Psychoanalytic Theory of Neurosis , New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 1945. 6. Freud, S.: " Mourning and Melancholia ," in Collected Papers , London: Hogarth Press, Ltd., 1953, vol 4. 7. Solnit, A. J., and Green, M.: Psychologic Considerations in the Management of Deaths on Pediatric Hospital Services , Pediatrics 24:106, 1959.

Journal

American Journal of Diseases of ChildrenAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 1, 1963

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