chapter  6
Research on the Needs of Survivors
WithJohn R. Jordan, William Feigelman, Jannette McMenamy, Ann M. Mitchell
Pages 18

It has long been recognized that the loss of a loved one to suicide can be a devastating and sometimes life-altering experience. Many studies have found that suicide survivors are an at-risk population, comprising individuals who are likely to suffer from elevated rates of suicidality, psychiatric disorders, and psychosocial diffi culties as a result of the loss (Jordan, 2001; see also Chapters 1 through 5 of this book for full reviews of this literature). It is both surprising and distressing, then, that so little has been done to provide organized help for survivors and to scientifi cally study interventions meant to assist them (Campbell, Cataldie, McIntosh, & Millet, 2004). In their recent review of the literature, Jordan and McMenamy (2004) noted that

In this chapter, our goal is to review the small number of studies that have analyzed survivors’ efforts to cope with their loss and what types of resources they have found helpful or unhelpful in their healing process. We appraise the small but growing literature on studies that ask survivors directly about their perceived needs and coping mechanisms, including reports on recent research conducted by the authors of this chapter on this important topic.