Current postvention research and priorities for the future: Results of a Survey

Karl Andriessen, Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart, Julie Cerel, Myfanwy Maple

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Background: Suicide can have a lasting impact on the social life as well as the physical and mental health of the bereaved. Targeted research is needed to better understand the nature of suicide bereavement and the effectiveness of support. Aims: To take stock of ongoing studies, and to inquire about future research priorities regarding suicide bereavement and postvention. Method: In March 2015, an online survey was widely disseminated in the suicidology community. Results: The questionnaire was accessed 77 times, and 22 records were included in the analysis. The respondents provided valuable information regarding current research projects and recommendations for the future. Limitations: Bearing in mind the modest number of replies, all from respondents in Westernized countries, it is not known how representative the findings are. Conclusion: The survey generated three strategies for future postvention research: increase intercultural collaboration, increase theory-driven research, and build bonds between research and practice. Future surveys should include experiences with obtaining research grants and ethical approval for postvention studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)202-206
Number of pages5
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2017

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  • Bereavement
  • Grief
  • Postvention
  • Research priorities
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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