Video: Watch full ambiguous loss talk by Pauline Boss, Jay Mancini

June 03, 2013
Pauline Boss and Jay Mancini

The University of Minnesota's Department of Family Social Science sponsored this talk with Ambiguous Loss Visiting Scholar Dr. Jay Mancini and emeritus faculty Dr. Pauline Boss about ambiguous loss research. The talk, shown here in its entirety, was held Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in McNeal Hall on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities' St. Paul campus.

This presentation was sponsored by the Ambiguous Loss Visiting Professor fund, which enables the family social science department, where Dr. Boss spent the majority of her career, to recruit and support outstanding visiting faculty who are advancing research in ambiguous loss, family stress, and resilience. Researchers in the U.S. and internationally are applying the lens of ambiguous loss to examine an expanding array of situations, including natural catastrophes, living with war and its aftermath, terrorism, and conditions such as autism and dementia.

As part of the visiting scholar program, Dr. Mancini spent four weeks at the U of M campus. In addition to the conversation with Dr. Boss, he mentored family social science graduate students in small group and individual meetings, discussed research with family social science faculty, and had the opportunity to meet with U of M faculty in other departments at the university.

Dr. Boss is internationally known as the principal theorist of ambiguous loss, an area of scholarship focusing on unresolved grief and stress. She has received the Ernest Burgess Award from the Research and Theory Section of the National Council on Family Relations and a humanitarian award for her work in New York with families of labor union workers missing after the terrorist attacks on 9/11.

Dr. Jay Mancini is the first recipient of the Ambiguous Loss Visiting Scholar Award. Dr. Mancini is head of the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia. He holds the Anne Montgomery Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor of Child and Family Development Endowed Chair, and also directs the Family and Community Resilience Laboratory.

Both Drs. Boss and Mancini are NCFR Fellows.

Watch the full video of the May 22 talk at the link below.

Pauline Boss and Jay Mancini

Video: A conversation about ambiguous loss research

The University of Minnesota Department of Family Social Science sponsored this talk with Ambiguous Loss Visiting Scholar Dr. Jay Mancini, and emeritus faculty Dr. Pauline Boss about ambiguous loss research. The talk, shown here in its entirety, was held Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in McNeal Hall on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities' St. Paul campus. [Video length: 1:01:31]

Click here to learn more about Drs. Boss and Mancini, as well as the Ambiguous Loss Visiting Professorship.