The Search for Causes
In the preceding two chapters, we discussed how parents are able to restore a sense of meaning and mastery in the unfolding crisis of newborn intensive care. Next, we explore how the search for meaning and mastery can be aided by parents’ ability to find a cause of their infant’s medical problems. It is crucial to recognize that the causes of a premature or hazardous delivery are, in individual cases, difficult to identify with much certainty. Thus, physicians and other health professionals may be unable or unwilling to provide a confident answer to parents who are searching for a specific cause. Nonetheless, as we demonstrate in this chaper, most parents construct their own causal theories. We discuss how some of their theories seem to aid their adaptation whereas others seem to impede it.
KeywordsPersonal Control Causal Ascription Premature Delivery Future Pregnancy Causal Belief
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