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Exploring the Subjective Experiences of Peer-Led Social Support Groups for Individuals Bereaved by Suicide

Adshead, Claire, RUNACRES, Jessica and KEVERN, Peter (2023) Exploring the Subjective Experiences of Peer-Led Social Support Groups for Individuals Bereaved by Suicide. Illness, Crisis & Loss. ISSN 1054-1373

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Abstract or description

The insights of individuals bereaved by suicide who use peer led social support groups are lacking in much of the clinical research. This review provided a synthesis of the existing knowledge base to support the development of strategies to improve peer-led social support group services.

Design and Methods:
A systematic search was carried out on eight electronic databases. Data were extracted and a systematic qualitative meta-aggregation was undertaken.
Key components of social support for individuals bereaved by suicide were the contribution of group dynamics to the attribution of meaning; the ways in which shared experience leads to the normalisation of feelings; and the importance of support group homogeneity, consistency and training to the participants’ experience.

Peer-led social support groups can be invaluable for suicide bereaved individuals, but attention must be paid to the structure, conduct and training of group leaders and members in order to optimise outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Allied Health and Paramedic Science
Depositing User: Peter KEVERN
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2023 15:26
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2023 11:35

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