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NCJ Number: 167366 Find in a Library
Title: Coming to Terms With the Sudden, Traumatic Death of a Spouse or Child (From Victims of Crime, P 108-133, 1997, Robert C. Davis, Arthur J. Lurigio, et al., eds. - See NCJ-167360)
Author(s): C B Wortman; E S Battle; J P Lemjau
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Sage Publications, Inc
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Sale Source: Sage Publications, Inc
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United States of America
Type: Literature Review
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A literature review and professional experience form the basis of this analysis of the psychological impacts on survivors of the sudden, traumatic death of a spouse or child.
Abstract: The survivors of each such incident experienced a fundamental change in their lives. Although survivors of such losses are expected to put the loss behind them after a year or so, the grief process in these situations is usually intense and prolonged. Exposure to traumatic loss places survivors at enormous psychological risk. However, they usually attempt to handle the impact of the trauma on their own and rarely seek professional help. Nevertheless, professional help is almost always needed. The person providing the treatment should be trained in grief therapy and in specific techniques to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Mental health professionals who are currently in graduate school or who received their degrees before courses on trauma were available should receive training in trauma. Such training is also important for family physicians and clergy, because they may be the first and only professionals with whom the survivor has contact. 40 references
Main Term(s): Psychological victimization effects
Index Term(s): Criminal Justice System Response to Victims; Families of crime victims; Homicide Co-Survivors; Victim attitudes
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