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Adult Palliative Care Providers and Their Interactions with Children of Palliative Patients: A Situational Analysis of Dominant Grief Discourse

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dc.contributor.author Scott, Ian
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-14T16:53:43Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-14T16:53:43Z
dc.date.copyright 2015 en_US
dc.date.issued 2015-10-14
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/6761
dc.description.abstract Health care providers (HCPs) who work in adult palliative care occasionally encounter children who have a parent who is dying. This grounded theory (GT) study examines how adult palliative care providers respond to the needs of children who have a parent in palliative care. I use Adele Clarke’s (2005) situational analysis method, a postmodern iteration of GT. Clarke’s situational map acts as an analytical tool to identify and analyze different actors and elements in the situation of concern. Five semi-structured qualitative interviews were conducted with adult palliative care providers. Provisional theorizing resulted in three sub processes emerging from the data. First, adult palliative care providers must be cautious when identifying and responding to the needs of children who have a parent in palliative care, particularly because of the nefarious presence of dominant grief discourse (DGD). Second, these same adult palliative care providers, who are often distressed when supporting children who have a dying parent, benefit when they get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Third, adult palliative care providers tend to see themselves as part of a larger interdisciplinary team that informs their interactions with children who have a parent in palliative care. The entire analysis is imbued with a critical perspective of DGD, including its race, gender and class dimensions. This critique of DGD is informed by Foucauldian interpretations of discourse, power and subjectivity. Opportunities for resistance and social justice are explored. In accordance with my own research paradigm, I make a concerted effort to render my influence as a researcher visible throughout. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject palliative care en_US
dc.subject children's grief en_US
dc.subject bereavement en_US
dc.subject health care providers en_US
dc.subject discourse en_US
dc.subject situational analysis en_US
dc.subject grounded theory en_US
dc.subject Adele Clarke en_US
dc.subject Foucault en_US
dc.subject race en_US
dc.subject gender en_US
dc.subject class en_US
dc.subject social justice en_US
dc.title Adult Palliative Care Providers and Their Interactions with Children of Palliative Patients: A Situational Analysis of Dominant Grief Discourse en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Strega, Susan
dc.degree.department School of Social Work en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Social Work M.S.W. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US
dc.description.proquestcode 0452 en_US


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