Year: 1969 Source: British Journal of Social Psychiatry, v.3, no.3, (1969), p.144-152 SIEC No: 19830906

This study is based on seven couples, parents of adolescent (12-18 yrs) suicide. Parents reaction is not the same as a grief reaction in that it is not self-limiting but self-perpetuating, often interfering with activities and family mental health. Optimal time for initial contact with parents is within the first few hours of the child’s death. Suggested focus of help in first day, at one month, and 6 months are given to prevent diminishing mental health and subsequent suicide risks. (GW)