Journal article

"It Changes Your Orbit": The Impact of Suicide and Traumatic Death on Adolescents as Experienced by Adolescents and Parents

Karl Andriessen, Karolina Krysinska, Debra Rickwood, Jane Pirkis

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health | MDPI | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Having someone close die through suicide or another form of traumatic death is a distressing event in the lives of adolescents, putting them at risk of grief and mental health ramifications. As most research in this field has been focused on intrapersonal grief reactions, this study aimed to broaden the perspective by exploring the impact of the death through an interpersonal lens. METHODS: The study involved individual and group interviews with bereaved adolescents (n = 20) and parents of bereaved adolescents (n = 18), and thematic analysis of the data. RESULTS: The analysis yielded three themes: (i) the death is a life-changing experience, (ii) the death differentiates you from..

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