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ERIC Number: EJ1081735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-2159-2020
The Aftermath of a Suicide Cluster in the Age of Online Social Networking: A Qualitative Analysis of Adolescent Grief Reactions
Heffel, Carly J.; Riggs, Shelley A.; Ruiz, John M.; Ruggles, Mark
Contemporary School Psychology, v19 n4 p286-299 Dec 2015
Although suicide clusters have been identified in many populations, research exploring the role of online communication in the aftermath of a suicide cluster is extremely limited. This study used the Consensual Qualitative Research method to analyze interviews with ten high school students 1 year after a suicide cluster in a small suburban school district. Interviewee's responses were organized into four domains: The Suicide, Impact, Perceptions of School Environment, and Recovery. The role of social networking emerged as a common theme across domains, suggesting broad relevance to adolescents' experience following the suicide of a peer. Implications for clinical intervention, research, and school policies in the response to student suicides are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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