Silenced voices: hearing the stories of parents bereaved through the suicide death of a young adult child

Maple, Myfanwy, Edwards, Helen, Plummer, David, and Minichiello, Victor (2010) Silenced voices: hearing the stories of parents bereaved through the suicide death of a young adult child. Health and Social Care in the Community, 18 (3). pp. 241-248.

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The current paper reports findings from a qualitative research project that aimed to explore parents' experiences following the suicide death of their young adult child. Twenty-two Australian parents told of the suicide death of their son or daughter during the data collection period (2003 to late 2004). One narrative theme drawn from the interview data is reported here: the way in which suicide-bereaved parents feel unable to talk about their child's life and death, their experience of suicide and their resultant bereavement. Parents reported being silenced by others and silencing themselves in relation to talking about their bereavement. Parents' private stories are used to explain the difficulties they faced given the contemporary social and cultural context of grief and suicide. Then follows an examination of the impact these difficulties had on their ongoing grief narrative and availability of social support. Implications for health and social care intervention are presented to assist in better preparing support workers in their interactions with parents bereaved in this manner.

Item ID: 25690
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2524
Keywords: bereavement; grief; parent; silence; social support; suicide
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 02:53
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111710 Health Counselling @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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