Support groups for suicide survivors: Results of a survey of group leaders

Julie Cerel, Jason H. Padgett, Gerald A. Reed

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To update and expand Rubey and Mcintosh's (1996) survivors of suicide support groups report, SPAN USA completed a survey of U.S. support group leaders (n = 100; 24% completion). There are now more survivor groups (from 280 to 417), and the majority of groups now have a survivor leader (78% vs. 25%). Groups continue to be small (88% < 10 members per session) and meet on a monthly basis (55%). Sharing continues to be a universal experience in groups, which tend to be open-ended (85%). Current groups are newer, and more operate without a sponsor. Further research is needed to examine group member perspectives and effectiveness of groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)588-598
Number of pages11
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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