Bereavement, gender, and cyberspace: A content analysis of parents' memorials to their children
Abbreviated Journal Title
Omega-J. Death Dying
WORLD-WIDE-WEB; GRIEF; DEATH; Psychology, Multidisciplinary; Social Sciences, Biomedical
The study investigated how two distinct perspectives apply to the role of gender in parents' memorials on The Compassionate Friends (TCF) electronic bulletin board; cyberspace as merely a mirror of societal gendered patterns of bereavement, and cyberspace as a medium or context in which societal gendered patterns of bereavement are neutralized. Data were evaluated to determine to what extent gender differences exist concerning instrumental versus intuitive styles of bereavement. Analytic categories used in assessing gender differences in parental bereavement style included the following: invoking spirituality, directing messages to the deceased, artistic expressions, and special powers accorded to the deceased. With some exceptions, the findings supported the perspective emphasizing the gender neutralizing aspects of cyberspace parental bereavement for the population studied.
Omega-Journal of Death and Dying
"Bereavement, gender, and cyberspace: A content analysis of parents' memorials to their children" (2006). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 6461.