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Title: Hope in the Liminal Space
Contributor(s): Wayland, Sarah  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Each year in Australia 35,000 people are reported missing to law enforcement agencies (James, Anderson, & Putt, 2008). When a person is missing those who are left behind exist in a space between the person being both here and gone (Boss, 1999). Within this space, a sense of ambiguous loss is punctuated by feelings of hope. Given the lack of certainty surrounding the permanency of the loss and the absence of the customary markers of grief, those left behind "engage the future in an extended or suspended present" (Hogben, 2006, p. 333). A study currently being undertaken by the author seeks to deconstruct hope and its dual role in being attached to the relational bond with the missing person, as well as the individual's capacity to exist in a space where hope and despair shift on a fluctuating basis, known as a "liminal space".
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Grief Matters: The Australian Journal of Grief and Bereavement, 17(1), p. 25-25
Publisher: Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1440-6888
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 440902 Counselling, wellbeing and community services
520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
920410 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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