Andriessen, K., Lobb, E., Mowll, J., Dudley, M., Draper, B., & Mitchell, P. (2018). Help-seeking experiences of bereaved adolescents: A qualitative study. Death Studies, Online First.
Despite the potentially devastating effects of a death on the lives of adolescents, little is known about their help-seeking experiences. We interviewed by telephone 39 bereaved adolescents on their help-seeking experiences. Thematic analysis resulted in three themes: Formal support, Informal support and School-related support. Participants provided a critical appraisal of positive and negative experiences, and noted barriers and facilitators for help-seeking. As adolescents bereaved through suicide may receive less social support, professional help is a much needed auxiliary. Parental encouragement is important in accessing adequate professional help.
Adolescent; bereavement; death; help-seeking; social support;