Year: 1987 Source: Journal of Clinical Psychology, v.43, no.2, (March 1987), p.211-212 SIEC No: 19910305

This study focuses on the emotional reactions of spouses of suicide victims to the content of suicide notes. 48 married subjects recorded their emotional responses to 4 types of simulated notes. The notes either blamed the spouse, expressed love & forgiveness but still blamed the spouse, expressed no blame, or blamed themselves. There were significant differences in distress dependent upon the type of note. Blame & guilt were found to play primary roles in the grief reactions of spouses. (VM)