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    The Experiences of Mothers Bereaved by Suicide: An Exploratory Study

    Sugrue, Joan Louise and McGilloway, Sinéad and Keegan, Orla (2014) The Experiences of Mothers Bereaved by Suicide: An Exploratory Study. Death Studies, 38 (2). pp. 118-124. ISSN 0748-1187

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    To ascertain the meaning of their loss, the authors explored the experiences of 7 biological mothers bereaved by suicide. Purposive sampling was used and 1-to-1 interviews were conducted and analyzed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Four themes emerged: (a) silencing grief; (b) shattered assumptions; (c) constructing a narrative; and (d) the depth of a mother's grief. Mothers experienced intense prolonged grief with many psychological and physical symptoms; one acknowledged strong suicidal thoughts and one had attempted suicide. The findings suggest a need for care professionals to be aware of, and to target, this vulnerable subgroup.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: mothers; suicide; Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis; bereavement; grief;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 9277
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    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 14:52
    Journal or Publication Title: Death Studies
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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