Beyond Grief and Survival: Posttraumatic Growth Through Immediate Family Suicide Loss in South Korea

Eunjin Lee, Sung won Kim, Robert D. Enright

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Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the characteristics of posttraumatic growth arising from losing an immediate family member to suicide in Korea. We used interpretative phenomenological analysis for data collection and analysis and conducted in-depth interviews with 11 participants in Korea to evaluate the positive changes subsequent to the suicide. Participants revealed positive outcomes in response to losing an immediate family member to suicide after suffering the “most unimaginable pain” including (a) “Now I know what the most important thing in life is,” (b) “Warm and intimate relationships matter,” and (c) “Survivors of suicide’s search for meaning.” The implications of these findings and avenues for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)414-435
Number of pages22
JournalOmega (United States)
Volume79
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sep 1

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Republic of Korea
Grief
grief
South Korea
Suicide
suicide
Survival
Korea
Growth
family member
Survivors
pain
data analysis
Interviews
Pain
interview

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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Lee, Eunjin ; Kim, Sung won ; Enright, Robert D. / Beyond Grief and Survival : Posttraumatic Growth Through Immediate Family Suicide Loss in South Korea. In: Omega (United States). 2019 ; Vol. 79, No. 4. pp. 414-435.
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In: Omega (United States), Vol. 79, No. 4, 01.09.2019, p. 414-435.

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