ERIC Number: EJ871508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
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Support Groups for Suicide Survivors: Results of a Survey of Group Leaders
Cerel, Julie; Padgett, Jason H.; Reed, Gerald A., Jr.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v39 n6 p588-598 Dec 2009
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% less than 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.
Descriptors: Social Support Groups, Suicide, At Risk Persons, Counseling Techniques, Group Counseling, Counseling Effectiveness, Attitude Measures, Surveys, Leaders
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