• Home
  • Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart
Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart

Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart
HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland School of Social Work Fribourg

PhD

About

64
Publications
9,034
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
381
Citations
Introduction
Dolores Angela Castelli Dransart currently works at the Research Unit of the School of Social Work Fribourg, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland. Dolores Angela does research in Quantitative et Qualitative Social Research. Her projects are on bereavement after suicide, the impact of suicide on families and care providers, suicidality of professionals, assisted suicide, end-of-life décisions, aging and agism.

Publications

Publications (64)
Book
Ce livre propose une immersion dans les réalités de l’assistance au suicide. Il se fonde sur une étude ethnographique qui restitue le point de vue de personnes recourant à une telle assistance ainsi que celui des individus susceptibles de prendre part à un tel processus : personnes sollicitant une aide au suicide et leurs proches, accompagnateurs e...
Article
Full-text available
Drawing on two case studies from large-scale fieldwork carried out on euthanasia in Belgium and assisted suicide in Switzerland, this article focuses on the processes of normalization that structure aid in dying. Normalization takes place through a set of apparatuses only partially derived from current legislation, which underlie the relationships...
Book
assisted suicide, ethnography, decision-making, au suicide en Suisse. Il est fondé sur une étude ethnographique qui restitue le point de vue de personnes recourant à une telle assistance ainsi que celui des individus susceptibles de prendre part à un tel processus : personnes sollicitant une aide au suicide et leurs proches, accompagnateurs et acc...
Chapter
Après la lecture de ce chapitre , vous devriez être en mesure: - de reconnaître quelques biais possibles et de connaître quelques dimensions et facteurs susceptibles d'influencer votre évaluation de la suicidalité et vos interventions; - d'avoir des points de repères pour poser un cadre de questionnement afin de mettre en perspective votre évalua...
Article
Full-text available
This article analyses the peculiarity of the assisted dying’s model in Switzerland. It postulates that the collectivity does not accept the act of suicide in itself; it rather accepts the fact of providing assistance for a death that is up to this day formally categorized as a “violent death”. Consequently, the framing of assisted dying and its imp...
Article
In the Western world including Canada, grievous and irredeemable health conditions, which cause unbearable suffering, has given support to the legalization of medical aid in dying (MAiD). It is unknown how Asian Buddhists who are in contact with the Western culture perceive MAiD. In this qualitative study, 16 Asian Buddhists living in Montreal took...
Article
This article contributes to scientific discussion with regard to the interplay of individual and social factors on end-of-life decisions. Semi-directed interviews (N = 18) with people over 65 years highlighted two different but articulated fears in relation to end-of-life care: on one hand, older adults fear not being allowed to die and being subje...
Article
This article investigates the support needed, sought, and received by professionals following a patient suicide. A self-administered questionnaire about the consequences of patient suicide and support issues was completed by 704 professionals. Profiles of support were defined using a 3-dimensional, 8-fold typology based on need for, search for, and...
Article
Based on an ethnographic study conducted since 2017, this article describes and questions the various uses of the notion of acceleration associated with assisted suicide in Switzerland. These associations index distinct registers (forensic, ethical- moral, organizational and experiential) and lead to contrasting categorizations. The article puts in...
Article
Dans certains cantons romands suisses, les associations pour le droit à mourir dans la dignité peuvent accompagner les personnes âgées souhaitant recourir au suicide assisté au sein d’institutions subventionnées par l’État pour autant que certaines conditions soient remplies (discernement, maladie incurable entre autres). Si les professionnel-les o...
Presentation
La mort par suicide chez les personnes âgées reste un problème inquiétant en santé publique, atteignant des taux plus importants que dans la population plus jeune dans la plupart des pays. Sa prévention efficace se heurte à des difficultés de la caractériser cliniquement, mais aussi aux représentations et dilemmes autour du suicide et du suicide as...
Article
Objectives: Prevalence rates of death by euthanasia (EUT) and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) have increased among older adults, and public debates on these practices are still taking place. In this context, it seemed important to conduct a systematic review of the predictors (demographic, physical health, psychological, social, quality of life, r...
Article
Full-text available
Background: Several countries have regulated euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS). Research has looked at the experiences of patients, family, and professionals. However, little is known of the effects on bereaved individuals. Aims: We aimed to assess (a) what is known about the grief and mental health of people bereaved by euthanasia or...
Article
Full-text available
Introduction: Spirituality and religion have only been marginally investigated in the experiences of the bereaved by suicide (or survivors of suicide). Aim: This article directly addresses two questions: In what way was spirituality or religion an issue for survivors of suicide? How were they helpful (or not) during their reconstruction process? Me...
Article
Full-text available
In industrialized countries, population ageing is associated with intense discussions on the issue of dying with dignity. Some countries have legalized assisted suicide and authorized physicians to provide the knowledge and/or means for suffering patients to end their life. The goal of this study was to ascertain if religiosity could be a predictin...
Article
Full-text available
Background: Suicide may have disruptive and/or devastating effects on family, friends, and the broader community. Of late, increased interest from suicide researchers has given rise to an upsurge in research productivity addressing suicide bereavement and postvention. At this critical juncture, the establishment of an agenda will help guide the di...
Article
Full-text available
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...
Article
Introduction In some Swiss states, right-to-die associations are allowed to assist older people in nursing homes provided that certain requirements are fulfilled. Objectives To investigate how health and social care providers and their institutions reacted to and dealt with requests of assisted suicide. Method An exploratory qualitative study was...
Article
Full-text available
Significant others are often crucial for suicidal persons or suicide attempters’ access to care, yet little is known about their efforts to seek help. This article presents the findings of a qualitative pilot study carried out in Switzerland on the help-seeking process of 18 significant others, their perception of the care received by their loved o...
Article
This qualitative study investigated the personal and professional stances of 40 health and social care professionals confronted with assisted suicide of older persons living in nursing homes or supported by social welfare or home care and support services in French-speaking Switzerland. Requests of assisted suicide triggered questions with regard t...
Article
The objective of this study is to identify patterns (components and processes) of reconstruction of suicide survivors. In-depth interviews were conducted with 50 survivors of suicide in Switzerland. Data were analyzed using ATLAS.ti and according to the Grounded Theory principles. Survivors of suicide face four major challenges: dealing with the im...
Article
A new profession of “socio educational assistant” (SEA) was introduced (2008) to the French-­‐speaking part of Switzerland as result of a political decision. It is the first social work profession taught at the upper secondary level of education: previously, the professions of this field were all offered at a superior level of education, the tertia...
Article
Full-text available
Background Patient suicide is a professional hazard for mental health professionals and an event likely to trigger stress reactions among them. This study aimed to identify typical profiles of professionals after a patient suicide to address the severity of stress reactions and its discriminant variables. Methods Mental health professionals (...
Article
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze and describe the profiles of mental health professionals and their relationship to professional reactions and changes in working practice following a patient suicide. Design/methodology/approach – Data from 713 mental health professionals working in various institutional settings and in private pra...
Article
Objectives Many psychiatrists and psychologists are likely to experience a patient suicide at a point in their professional career. The present paper examines the effects of patient suicide on psychiatrists’ and psychologists’ professional reactions and working practices and investigates factors that may affect the severity of repercussions on thei...
Article
Les associations d’aide au suicide en Suisse peuvent assister des personnes âgees institutionnalisees a certaines conditions. Cet article presente les resultats preliminaires d’une etude qualitative menee aupres de professionnel.le.s d’etablissements medico-sociaux pour personnes âgees confronte.e.s a l’assistance au suicide. Il presente quelques d...
Article
Full-text available
Objective: To review the literature and make suggestions for further investigation. Methodology: An extensive search of the literature has been undertaken using computer database search. Results: Even if findings are heterogenous, most studies suggest limited stress-related or affective-related reactions for the majority of respondents. Whereas fin...
Article
Full-text available
The reactions of professionals after a patient suicide are still a subject of controversy in academic literature. This article reports on retrospective data about the aftermath experienced by mental health professionals working in institutional settings in Switzerland. Findings indicate that both self-rated emotional responses and traumatic impact...
Article
This article reports findings from a qualitative study conducted in Switzerland, aimed at understanding how forty-eight survivors made sense of the suicide of a loved one. In-depth interviews were carried out and grounded theory analysis was performed. Suicide shatters the assumptive world of survivors. In their quest for meaning, they undergo thre...
Article
This study addresses the psychometric properties, including the internal consistency and dimensionality, of the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) in French-speaking mental health and social professionals in Switzerland faced with a patient suicide. Data were obtained by a self-administered questionnaire from a sample of 297 individuals who had...
Article
Mental health and social professionals are at high risk of experiencing at least one patient suicide during their career. This paper investigates the impact of patient suicide on the reactions and working practices of mental health and social professionals. It also examines how such an impact may vary depending on the professionals' characteristics...
Article
Based upon a literature review, this article presents risk and protection factors for Young offenders in juvenile justice facilities and suggests recommendations for suicide prevention and postvention
Article
Physicians, nurses and social workers have a high risk of being confronted with the suicide of a patient during their career. After such an event they may react with sadness, anger or feelings of helplessness. Acute stress reactions are also observed, with irritability, disordered sleep and intrusive thoughts. Some professionals may fear to take ca...
Thesis
La thèse a identifié les logiques de reconstruction et les stratégies d'adaptation d'endeuillés par suicide. Chaque logique articule les manières dont les endeuillés ont fait face à l'impact du suicide, ont mené leur quête de sens et ont éclairci la question de la responsabilité, ainsi que géré les relations sociales.

Network

Cited By

Projects

Projects (8)
Project
Assess how Asian Buddhists perceive medical aid in dying that is legalized mostly in the industrialized countries.
Project
Ce projet de recherche consiste en une ethnographie des pratiques relatives au suicide assisté en Suisse. Son but est d’observer le plus concrètement possible les pratiques sociales mises en œuvre par la pluralité d’individus concernés et sollicités dans l’élaboration d’une demande de suicide assisté jusqu’à son actualisation ; il s’agit aussi de prendre en considération les événements qui suivent immédiatement le décès et de rendre compte de la façon dont chaque suicide assisté observé est mis en récit, sous quelle forme et entre quels acteurs. Cette ethnographie du suicide assisté est réalisée en étroite collaboration avec un ensemble de partenaires de terrains, actifs dans toute la Suisse romande, la région de Bâle et au Tessin.