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Title: Parental suicide and its aftermath: A review
Contributor(s): Ratnarajah, Dorothy (author); Schofield, Margot Jocelyn  (author)
Publication Date: 2007
DOI: 10.5172/jfs.327.13.1.78
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Abstract: It is well-established that suicide is associated with grief that is complex. However, there is very limited research examining the grief experiences and long-term outcomes for a particularly vulnerable group, namely, children who have lost a parent through suicide. This review aims to critically examine the small body of available quantitative and qualitative research on the impact of parental suicide and examines factors associated with the children's adjustment. Children's adjustment is shown to be influenced by the age of the child at time of parent suicide, their personal attributes, level of family support, social environment, economic and environmental factors, and the process of 'meaning making' engaged in by the child. Some recent intervention studies are reviewed, suggesting that children's needs following parental suicide are not well understood nor are support services readily available or accessed. Processes of resilience related to children bereaved by parental suicide are outlined and future research needs are highlighted.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Family Studies, 13(1), p. 78-93
Publisher: eContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1322-9400
Field of Research (FOR): 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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