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Title: Suicide Loss Survivors' Experiences with Therapy: Implications for Clinical Practice
Contributor(s): Sanford, Rebecca (author); Cerel, Julie (author); McGann, Vanessa (author); Maple, Myfanwy  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2016
DOI: 10.1007/s10597-016-0006-6
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/19180
Abstract: Over two-thirds of suicide loss survivors, those who have lost a loved one to suicide, seek individual therapy following their loss. However, nothing is known about what survivors find helpful about therapy or how therapy impacts their grief. An online survey was conducted June 2012-March 2013 with a convenience sample of 197 survivors primarily from the USA and Australia to develop a better understanding of treatment seeking loss survivors and their experiences in therapy. Questions explored the experience of the suicide death, the therapy received after the loss, and insights about improving therapy for loss survivors. Participants were generally positive about their therapy experiences. However, respondents endorsed symptoms of PTSD, though many did not report a formal diagnosis from a provider, suggesting a discrepancy that could lead to inadequate treatment of symptoms. The findings provide an understanding of treatment seeking loss survivors, along with implications for therapists treating this population.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Community Mental Health Journal, 52(5), p. 551-558
Publisher: Springer New York LLC
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISSN: 0010-3853
1573-2789
Field of Research (FOR): 111710 Health Counselling
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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