Conceptualizing the Miscarriage Experience Through the Lens of Ghosts in the Nursery
Date of Award
Graduate School of Professional Psychology
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Ghosts in the nursery, Miscarriage, Fetal loss, Pregnancy after loss
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The purpose of this doctoral paper was to use the “Ghosts in the Nursery” theory (Fraiberg, Adelson, & Shapiro, 1975) as a framework for understanding clinicians’ perceptions of women’s experience of miscarriage. Specific attention was paid to the experience of becoming pregnant with a subsequent child. Professionals who work in the field of infant mental health were asked to explore the theory’s utility in conceptualizing the experience of becoming pregnant after a miscarriage. Results indicated that the perceptions of women’s experiences of miscarriage and subsequent pregnancy are congruent with previous research findings. Further elaboration and information are provided to illustrate the experience of having a child and being a parent after experiencing a loss, and to explore the idea of understanding miscarriage as a “ghost”. This study applies a new perspective to the theory of “Ghosts in the Nursery” (Fraiberg et al., 1975) to children born after a loss.
Royster, Karalynn, "Conceptualizing the Miscarriage Experience Through the Lens of Ghosts in the Nursery" (2015). Graduate School of Professional Psychology: Doctoral Papers and Masters Projects. 187.