Caring for Dying Children and Their Families: MFTs Working at the Gates of the Elysian Fields
Marriage and family therapists, Dying children, Impact on personal and professional life
The constant comparison method was used to analyze seven in-depth interviews with Marriage and Family Therapists and some of their colleagues working with dying children and their families. The findings of the study revealed that working in these settings can encourage shifts in priorities, relationships, and beliefs about life and death, and can elicit professional growth. Also, it can carry with it significant costs such as emotional exhaustion, and hypervigilance about death. Implications for practice and training are discussed.
Original Publication Citation
Ungureanu, I. & Sandberg, J.G. (2008). Caring for dying children: MFT’s experience. Contemporary Family Therapy, 30, 75-91.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Ungureanu, Ileana and Sandberg, Jonathan G., "Caring for Dying Children and Their Families: MFTs Working at the Gates of the Elysian Fields" (2008). Faculty Publications. 2441.
Contemporary Family Therapy
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008