Ambiguous Loss: The Long-Term Effects on the Children of POWs

The present study is a pilot in Israel that examines the issue of ‘‘ambiguous loss’’: the presence-absence of a parent from the perspective of adults who were children when their father was a POW. The period of the father’s absence was examined by means of in-depth interviews with the children of the family almost four decades after the POW event, and as a focus group. The findings are explained by means of the two-track model of bereavement.

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