Year: 1976 Source: Community Mental Health Journal, v.12, no.2, (1976), p.128-136 SIEC No: 19820529

A controlled study that examined the effects of a short-term crisis service given to a group of families recently bereaved through a sudden death within the family is reported. The results reveal that sudden death does have a major impact on recently bereaved families in terms of increased risk to ill health, poor coping behavior, and disturbed social functioning when compared to nonbereaved families. However the short-term crisis service appeared to have no major impact upon adjustment.