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Encountering the Body at the Site of the Suicide: A Population-Based Survey in Sweden.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences. Karolinska institutet.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Suicide and Life-threatening Behaviour, ISSN 0363-0234, E-ISSN 1943-278XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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Encountering the body of a child who died by suicide at the site of death is believed to be especially harmful for bereaved parents. We investigated the association between encountering the body at the site of the suicide and psychological distress in 666 suicide-bereaved parents. Parents who had encountered their child's body at the site of the suicide (n = 147) did not have a higher risk of nightmares (relative risk [RR] 0.95, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.67-1.35), intrusive memories (RR 0.97, 95% CI 0.84-1.13), avoidance of thoughts (RR 0.97, 95% CI 0.74-1.27), avoidance of places or things (RR 0.91, 95% CI 0.66-1.25), anxiety (RR 0.93, 95% CI 0.64-1.33), or depression (RR 0.94, 95% CI 0.63-1.42) compared with parents who had not encountered the body (n = 512). Our results suggest that losing a child by suicide is sufficiently disastrous by itself to elicit posttraumatic responses or psychiatric morbidity whether or not the parent has encountered the deceased child at the site of death.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5454DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12260PubMedID: 27111725OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5454DiVA: diva2:998760
Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30 Last updated: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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