Case study of a survivor of suicide who lost all family members through parent-child collective suicide

Eunjin Lee, Sung won Kim, Robert D. Enright

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Background: South Korea is characterized by a high percentage of parent-child collective suicide. Aims: This case study explores one individual's personal experience as an adult survivor of suicide who lost his wife and his only son through parent-child collective suicide in South Korea. Method: The study reports data from a semistructured interview, which were analyzed using interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA). Results: Two themes were identified through the analysis of the narratives of the survivor. The first theme provides a detailed picture of the survivor's explanation of why the parent-child collective suicide occurred. The second theme examines how the participant experienced complicated bereavement after his heart-breaking loss of both wife and son. Conclusion: We discuss the importance of support from other people or grief experts for the survivors of suicide who lose family to collective suicide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-75
Number of pages5
JournalCrisis
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jan 1

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Suicide
Survivors
Republic of Korea
Nuclear Family
Spouses
Bereavement
Grief
Interviews

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Lee, Eunjin ; Kim, Sung won ; Enright, Robert D. / Case study of a survivor of suicide who lost all family members through parent-child collective suicide. In: Crisis. 2015 ; Vol. 36, No. 1. pp. 71-75.
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In: Crisis, Vol. 36, No. 1, 01.01.2015, p. 71-75.

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