Initial-Stage Suicide Bereavement Experiences : A Case Study
Chen, Y., & Laitila, A. (2022). Initial-Stage Suicide Bereavement Experiences : A Case Study. Omega : Journal of Death and Dying, OnlineFirst. https://doi.org/10.1177/00302228221095905
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This study aimed to shed light on the initial-stage bereavement experiences of an individual bereaved by suicide, at three months from the loss of his spouse to suicide. A semi-structured in-depth interview was conducted with the individual, a man in his thirties. The data were analyzed using qualitative assimilation analysis, based on the Assimilation Model and the Assimilation of Problematic Experiences Scale (APES). The APES ratings of the interview revealed that the individual’s bereavement was associated with the earlier stages of APES (all scoring under 3.5). In addition, the swift and frequent fluctuations in the APES ratings gave indications that the bereavement was unstable and complicated. It is suggested that mental health professionals could use APES to evaluate suicide bereavement and take note of the APES evaluations in clinical interventions.
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Additional information about fundingThe research was supported in part by dissertation grants from the Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Jyväskylä.
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