Year: 2008 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.38, no.1, (February 2008), p.13-29 SIEC No: 20080612

This article provides a systematic review of suicide survivors’ reactions compared with survivors of other modes of death. Studies were identified using the PsycINFO & Medline databases. 41 studies met the eligibility criteria. A qualitative data analysis was performed. There were no signficant differences between the groups regarding general mental health, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, anxiety, & suicidal behaviour. Considering specific grief variables, suicide survivors reported higher levels of rejection, shame, stigma, need for concealing the cause of death, & blaming than all other survivor groups. (61 refs.)