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November 12, 1982

Coping With Sudden Infant Death

JAMA. 1982;248(18):2347. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330180093052

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The grieving process that follows the loss of a loved one and the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) are both topics receiving much attention in recent years. These two topics are combined in this book based on a psychological study of 112 SIDS families.

Thirteen chapters deal with various topics including organization of the research and description of the grief responses experienced by mothers, fathers, and siblings. Separate chapters are devoted to research into the causes of SIDS and a description of the experience of two SIDS mothers in organizing a support group for other SIDS parents. An appendix contains a "self-study" guide for SIDS parents, which is intended to be used to facilitate grief counseling.

This book is unusual as it stems from a research study and yet departs from the usual format in reporting such work. Rather than a systematic analysis of data, important points are illustrated using