Disclosure in traumatic deaths as correlates of differential mental health outcomes

William Feigelman, Julie Cerel, Rebecca Sanford

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This analysis addresses the controversial question of whether disclosure of a significant other’s traumatic death cause is associated with mental health outcomes. Consistent with the limited previous research, this data, collected from 131 suicide bereaved, 10 exclusively drug death bereaved, and six other bereaved respondents, showed fewer grief difficulties and better self-rated mental health among those inclined to openly disclose a significant other’s death cause, compared to those who feared incurring shame and embarrassment from doing so. Regression analyses suggested that the tendency to openly discuss the death was the single most powerful correlate to explaining variations in grief difficulties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-462
Number of pages7
JournalDeath Studies
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 9 2018

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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