Death of a same-sex partner and its impact on subsequent relationships

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    This research explored a significant gap in the literature on the bereavement experiences of same-sex-attracted individuals who have lost a partner to non-HIV-related causes and its impact on subsequent relationships. A longitudinal mixed-methods design was employed and fourteen participants completed in-depth interviews and the Grief and Meaning Reconstruction Inventory. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis was used to analyse the qualitative data. Prevalent themes included the impact of legal and institutional discrimination, disenfranchised grief, continuing bonds, comparisons with the deceased partner, protectiveness of the new partner and the relationship, unexpected gains, and new communication patterns. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages1
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Apr 2018
    EventAssociation for Death Education and Counseling Annual Conference 2018 - The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh, United States of America
    Duration: 24 Apr 201828 Apr 2018
    Conference number: 40th


    ConferenceAssociation for Death Education and Counseling Annual Conference 2018
    Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
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