Year: 1990 Source: Philadelphia, PA: The Charles Press, 1990. p.214-224 SIEC No: 19950397

The authors describe some of their studies on social perceptions of family members bereaved by suicide & perceptions that family members have of themselves. Findings suggest that people trying to cope with a suicidal death are likely to encounter a social environment that may add significant burdens to the coping process. Some attribution of blame is likely & there is often a perception that family members should be embarrassed or ashamed. Survivors may misrepresent the cause of death.