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Title: Understanding Family Member Suicide Narratives by Investigating Family History
Contributor(s): Ratnarajah, Dorothy (author); Maple, Myfanwy  (author)orcid ; Minichiello, Victor  (author)
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.2190/OM.69.1.c
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Abstract: The complex family environments in which a suicide death had previously occurred were explored in a qualitative study of narratives of suicide-bereaved participants. The participants searched for reasons why the suicide occurred in their family. Family patterning stories and the context of the environment in which the suicide death occurred provided an additional depth of meaning into the relational aspects of the family. Fractured families emerged as an important theme. Shared in the narratives were stories of conditions within the family that may have contributed to vulnerability towards persistent negative feelings about their lives, their family, and their future. The study also identifies the strengths of family culture that led to resilience in the suicide bereaved. These stories highlight the importance of support for those bereaved by the suicide of a close family member and the issues that places people in vulnerable situations that perhaps may explain the increased risk of suicide for those bereaved family members.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 69(1), p. 41-57
Publisher: Baywood Publishing Co Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0030-2228
Field of Research (FOR): 111708 Health and Community Services
111710 Health Counselling
111714 Mental Health
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920410 Mental Health
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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