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Title: Suicide of a close family member through the eyes of a child: A narrative case study report
Contributor(s): Jackson, Debra  (author); Peters, Kath (author); Murphy, Gillian (author)
Publication Date: 2015
DOI: 10.1177/1367493513519297
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Abstract: A narrative case study approach was used to collect a storied account from Joseph about his recollections and experience of the completed suicide of a family member with whom he lived with at 13 years of age. Data are presented longitudinally to capture Joseph's perceptions and recollections of events leading up to, surrounding and following the suicide. Findings reveal that, as a child Joseph felt strong responsibility to keep his uncle safe and maintain his uncle's life; and perceived a lack of support for himself and his family throughout the events. Today as a young man, Joseph remains profoundly affected by this suicide and the events surrounding it, and experiences flashbacks and intrusive thoughts, though his distress remains largely invisible to others. It is important that the acute and longer term needs of children affected by suicidality and suicide are recognised. We argue that increased awareness on the part of health professionals about the ongoing grief and distress surrounding suicide survivorship can create opportunities for opportunistic assessment and review of child survivor welfare.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Child Health Care, 19(4), p. 495-503
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Place of Publication: London, United Kingdom
ISSN: 1741-2889
Field of Research (FOR): 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
111005 Mental Health Nursing
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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