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Help-seeking experiences of bereaved adolescents: A qualitative study

Journal title
Death studies
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Andriessen, K.; Lobb, E.; Mowll, J.; Dudley, M.; Draper, B.; Mitchell, P. B.

Despite the potentially devastating effects of a death on the lives of adolescents, little is known about their help-seeking experiences. We interviewed by telephone 39 bereaved adolescents on their help-seeking experiences. Thematic analysis resulted in three themes: Formal support, Informal support and School-related support. Participants provided a critical appraisal of positive and negative experiences, and noted barriers and facilitators for help-seeking. As adolescents bereaved through suicide may receive less social support, professional help is a much-needed auxiliary. Parental encouragement is important in accessing adequate professional help.

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