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Risk and resilience in bereaved children with learning and neurodevelopmental disabilities: Perceptions of parents, schools and bereavement practitioners

Burlton, Holly 2018. Risk and resilience in bereaved children with learning and neurodevelopmental disabilities: Perceptions of parents, schools and bereavement practitioners. DEdPsy Thesis, Cardiff University.
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Part A: Literature Review This begins by exploring theoretical and research literature relating to bereavement, including ‘common’ and ‘pathological’ manifestations of grief in typically developing children. Following this, a number of risk and resiliency variables are presented which contribute to coping, adaptation or prolonged psychological disturbance. Although limited, the next section focuses on ‘common’ and ‘pathological’ grief responses in adults with learning and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Utilising this evidence base, and the research with typically developing children, the final section considers potential variables that might impact on risk and resilience for children with learning and neurodevelopmental disabilities (L/ND). Part B: Empirical Research Study The empirical research study investigates risk and resiliency in bereaved children with (L/ND). This was addressed with participants who had in-depth experience either caring for or working with a bereaved child with L/ND. This information was gathered from interviews with parents (N=3) and two focus groups, one with school-based professionals in a special school setting (N=5), and one with bereavement practitioners working for a national bereavement service (N=8). The data was analysed through a process of thematic analysis. The findings are discussed in relation to the literature. Strengths, limitations, future research directions and implications for educational psychologists are considered. Part C: Major Reflective Account The major reflective account provides critical reflections on a number of different elements of the research. Section two provides a critical account of the methodology, including research paradigm, data collection and data analysis. Reflections on the ethical issues are included. Section three focuses on the distinct contribution to knowledge, originality of the research and future research directions. Finally, section four provides a brief personal reflection on the research process and how this has impacted on the professional development of the researcher.

Item Type: Thesis (DEdPsy)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Funders: Welsh Government
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 19 September 2018
Date of Acceptance: 18 September 2018
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2022 01:56

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