Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Dr. Steve Yoshimura, Dr. Kirsten Murray
Grief, Sibling Grief, Distal Grief, Emotional Affect, Communicated Narrative Sense-Making Theory
University of Montana
Health Communication | Other Communication
Communicated Narrative Sense-Making (CNSM) theory is used as a theoretical framework to understand the storytelling surrounding a sibling’s death years after the loss. Analysis of 174 narratives from individuals whose siblings died five or more years ago revealed that a neutral tone, rather than the use of positive or negative affect, was predominant in this retrospective storytelling. When affect was present, it was more likely to be negative than positive. However, positive affect was associated with an individual’s satisfaction with life when it was present. The neutrality and frequency of retrospective storytelling among distally bereaved siblings in this study may indicate that over time, siblings evidence their sensemaking in stories through reduction of affect and the presentation of facts.
Additionally, the participants’ reported salience of the six different CNSM perspective-taking behaviors of listeners while telling the death story to others suggests that all six perspective-taking behaviors are important to their decision to share their story. However, being offered the space and freedom to tell the story emerged as the most important listener behavior of the participants in this study. Based on these findings, the potential to create CNSM translational interventions
Brock, Margaret C., "DISTAL SIBLING GRIEF: EXPLORING EMOTIONAL AFFECT AND SALIENCE OF LISTENER BEHAVIORS IN STORIES OF SIBLING DEATH" (2022). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11886.
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