Date of Award
Master of Arts in Counseling
George Lee Judy
Death from suicide results in a troublesome and complex adjustment for the surviving friends and family members. As compared to other forms of bereavement, suicide survivors are likely to experience different grief reactions than people dealing with other types of loss. The survivor of suicide may suffer from social rejection and alienation. In this study, the level of perceived social support of survivors of suicide who attend a support group (n=22 ) was compared to the level of perceived social support in survivors of suicide who do not attend a support group (n=20). Subjects had lost a friend or family member to suicide within the last 3-12 months. Each participant was given the Perceived Social Support - Friend Scale and the Perceived Social Support - Family Scale. It was hypothesized that survivors attending a support group will report a higher level of social support compared to those survivors not attending a support group. The results of the study indicated there was no significant differences in the level of perceived social support between the two groups.
Murphy, Tina M., "Perceived Social Support of Survivors of Suicide Who Attend a Support Group Compared to Those Survivors of Suicide Who Are Non-Attendees" (2000). Theses. 270.
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