Father loss during early childhood

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2018
Uçar, Selin
The current thesis aims at deep understanding of experience of father loss of female individuals. More specifically, it focuses on how individuals experience father loss in terms of their attributions to the death of their father, emotions and the effects on their life. Qualitative research method is used to study this topic. Semi- structured interviews are done with seven individuals who lost their father at the ages between three and a half and five. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis is employed to analyze the data and find superordinate themes. In the current thesis six superordinate themes are emerged, which are (1) trying to form an identity of the father, (2) changed dynamics in the family after the death of the father, (3) influences of the death of the father on relationships, (4) attributions to the death of the father, (5) experienced emotions related to the death of the father and (6) maintaining bonds with the father. These emerging themes are discussed in the light of literature.
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S. Uçar, “Father loss during early childhood,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2018.