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Family Disputes, Dysfunction, and Division: Case Studies of Road Trac Deaths

ByLAUREN BREEN AND MOIRA O’CONNOR

Families are generally considered to be extremely important sources of psychosocial support in times of stress and crisis. However, such a belief implies a number of assumptions concerning family support following a crisis, such as the death of a family member in a road trac crash. ese assumptions are that families are inherently functional, that families remain functional following the signicant and completely unexpected crisis that is a crash fatality, and that support from within the family is the “best” kind of support.