Help-seeking experiences of bereaved adolescents: A qualitative study
Karl Andriessen, Elizabeth Lobb, Jane Mowll, Michael Dudley, Brian Draper, Philip B Mitchell
DEATH STUDIES | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019
Despite the potentially devastating effects of a death on the lives of adolescents, little is known about their help-seeking experiences. We interviewed by telephone 39 bereaved adolescents on their help-seeking experiences. Thematic analysis resulted in three themes: Formal support, Informal support and School-related support. Participants provided a critical appraisal of positive and negative experiences, and noted barriers and facilitators for help-seeking. As adolescents bereaved through suicide may receive less social support, professional help is a much-needed auxiliary. Parental encouragement is important in accessing adequate professional help.
The study was supported by the Anika Foundation for Adolescent Depression and Suicide. The funding body had no role in the design of the study, the collection, analysis and interpretation of data, the writing of the report, and the decision to submit it for publication.