Suicide bereavement and coping: A descriptive and interpretative analysis of the coping process

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A qualitative approach to research was used to explore coping in the aftermath of bereavement by suicide. Ten participants completed a semi-structured qualitative questionnaire, reporting on individual coping and perceptions of effective coping during the bereavement. Responses were analysed using descriptive and interpretative thematic analysis (Elliott & Timulak, 2005). Key themes found include: initial experience of 'shocked detachment', helpfulness of receiving support, aiming to maintain a normal, familiar routine, balancing emotional expression and regulation, and coming to terms with the reality of the loss. All participants reported changes in general coping abilities following the loss. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Gaffney, M., & Hannigan, B. (2010). Suicide bereavement and coping: A descriptive and interpretative analysis of the coping process. In Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Vol. 5, pp. 526–535). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sbspro.2010.07.137

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