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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 1552-6968

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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 normalization 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 optimize outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by SAGE Publications in Illness, Crisis & Loss on 14 August 2023, available at:
Uncontrolled Keywords: suicide bereavement, social support groups, peer support
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Allied Health and Paramedic Science
Depositing User: Jessica RUNACRES
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2023 13:14
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2023 04:30

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