Writing projects: lessening undergraduates' unique suicidal bereavement.

Journal Article

To assess if writing projects lessen undergraduates' grief following a loved one's suicide, 40 students whose loved one died by suicide in the past 2 years wrote on four occasions over 2 weeks about profound topics (e.g., events and emotions surrounding the death) or trivial topics (e.g., description of the previous meal). All participants completed pre- and posttest measures of grief and self-reported health visits, and 75% completed the same measures at 6-week mailed follow-up. As expected, individuals in the profound condition reported less grief associated with suicide at follow-up than those in the trivial condition. However, the trivial and profound groups were not significantly different in general grief or health visits. Writing about grief associated with the suicide of a loved one appeared to reduce suicidal grief associated with this event. However, this benefit did not extend to general grief or physical health.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kovac, SH; Range, LM

Published Date

  • January 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 50 - 60

PubMed ID

  • 10782718

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1943-278X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0363-0234

Language

  • eng