Exploring the Subjective Experiences of Peer-Led Social Support Groups for Individuals Bereaved by Suicide

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Claire Adshead, Jessica Runacres and Peter Kevern 2023. Exploring the Subjective Experiences of Peer-Led Social Support Groups for Individuals Bereaved by Suicide. Illness, Crisis & Loss. https://doi.org/10.1177/10541373231194174
AuthorsClaire Adshead, Jessica Runacres and Peter Kevern

Objectives: The insights of individuals bereaved by suicide who use peer-led social support groups are lacking in much of the clinical research. This review provided a synthesis of the existing knowledge base to support the development of strategies to improve peer-led social support group services. Design and Methods: A systematic search was carried out on eight electronic databases. Data were extracted and a systematic qualitative meta-aggregation was undertaken. Results: Key components of social support for individuals bereaved by suicide were the contribution of group dynamics to the attribution of meaning; the ways in which shared experience leads to the normalization of feelings; and the importance of support group homogeneity, consistency, and training to the participants’ experience. Conclusion: Peer-led social support groups can be invaluable for suicide-bereaved individuals, but attention must be paid to the structure, conduct, and training of group leaders and members in order to optimize outcomes.

Keywordspeer-led support; suicide ; bereavement
JournalIllness, Crisis & Loss
PublisherSAGE Journals
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/10541373231194174
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1177/10541373231194174
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates14 Aug 2023
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Deposited30 Aug 2023
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