Milestones on my Research Journey: Panic Attacks, Epiphanes, and Parental Death

  • Mary Ann Clute Eastern Washington University


A doctoral student describes the early stages of her qualitative research on bereavement of adults with developmental disabilities after parental death. Methodology challenges and Institutional Review Board (IRB) anxiety as well as personal growth throughout the process are discussed. The death of the student's mother plays a pivotal role in infusing a renewed sense of commitment to her research.

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