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Dr Maria Xenaki


Senior Teaching Fellow
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01 AC 05

Biography

Areas of specialism

Adult mental health; Anxiety disorders; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Depression; Family intervention; Perinatal mental health; Psychosis

University roles and responsibilities

  • Programme Leader for PGCert Advanced Practice in Psychological Wellbeing

    My qualifications

    PsychD in Psychotherapeutic & Counselling Psychology
    University of Surrey

    Courses I teach on

    Postgraduate taught

    My publications

    Publications

    Xenaki Maria, Coyle A (2010) Grieving alone? Towards an understanding of the experience of bereaved single parents: An interpretative phenomenological analysis,Annals of the University of Alba Iulia ? History: Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe: Refiguring Death Rites in Europe2(Specia)pp. 573-595
    Parental bereavement has attracted much attention within psychological literature and research and there seems to be a consensus that the death of a child can be one of life?s most devastating losses. What appears particularly surprising though is that, despite the fact that single parent families have become an increasingly prevalent family form in most industrialised countries; the experience of bereaved single parents has been largely overlooked as an explicit research focus. This study explores the experience of single parents following the death of a child. An ideographic case study design was adopted and in-depth interviews were conducted with two female participants. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Resultant themes highlighted distinctive aspects of single parents? life experiences that appear to impact upon their grief. The nature of the single parent-child relationship; positive and negative aspects of ?grieving alone?; and the potential implications of the lack of adequate support resources upon single parents? grief are presented in detail. Findings are considered in light of existing literature on single parenthood and parental bereavement. Implications for theory and psychotherapeutic practice are discussed and recommendations for future research aiming to enhance empirical knowledge in this field are made.
    Xenaki Maria, Coyle A (2014) Grieving alone? Towards an understanding of the experience of bereaved single parents: An interpretative phenomenological analysis,In: Rotar M, Teodorescu A, Rotar C (eds.), Dying and Death in 18th-21st Century Europe: Volume 22ndpp. 396-423 Cambridge Scholars Publishing
    Parental bereavement has attracted much attention within psychological literature and research and there seems to be a consensus that the death of a child can be one of life?s most devastating losses. What appears particularly surprising though is that, despite the fact that single parent families have become an increasingly prevalent family form in most industrialised countries, the experience of bereaved single parents has been largely overlooked as an explicit research focus. This study explores the experience of single parents following the death of a child. An ideographic case study design was adopted and in-depth interviews were conducted with two female participants. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Resultant themes highlighted distinctive aspects of single parents? life experiences that appear to impact upon their grief. The nature of the single parent-child relationship; positive and negative aspects of ?grieving alone?; and the potential implications of the lack of adequate support resources upon single parents? grief are presented in detail. Findings are considered in light of existing literature on single parenthood and parental bereavement. Implications for theory and psychotherapeutic practice are discussed and recommendations for future research aiming to enhance empirical knowledge in this field are made.