An Examination of the Early Impact of Bereavement on Psychological Distress in Survivors of Suicide

ArticleinThe Gerontologist 27(5):592-8 · November 1987with9 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.21 · DOI: 10.1093/geront/27.5.592 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    The impact on mental health of survivors (n = 108) of suicides of older adult spouses (55 years of age and older) in the first
    8 weeks of the bereavement process was compared with that of two control groups: older adult survivors of natural deaths (n
    = 99) and a married non-bereaved group (n = 144). On all measures both survivor groups scored significantly poorer than the
    non-bereaved controls. Only anxiety was reported significantly more often by suicide survivors than by natural death survivors.