Publication Date

12-7-2018

Document Type

Article

First Advisor

Hickey, Kari

Degree Name

B.S. (Bachelor of Science)

Department

School of Nursing and Health Studies

Abstract

The purpose of this literature review is to examine parents’ needs and experiences after their child committed a suicide attempt. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (2017), a suicide attempt is when a person injures herself or himself in order to kill herself or himself, but the actions do not result in death. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (2018) has analyzed the data and concluded that in 2015, 8.6 % of adolescents in grades 9-12 reported having made at least one suicide attempt in the past 12 months. Most of the time in the situation of a child’s suicide attempt, the child receives help and care, but the parents are left out. However, parents play a crucial role in their children’s lives, and often feel responsible for their actions and behaviors. Thus, they experience a full range of emotions during their child’s suicide attempt. Among them are feelings such as shame, and stigma (Asare-Doku, Osafo, & Akotia, 2017), anger, panic, hopelessness, distress (Buus, Caspersen, Hansen, Stenager, & Fleischer, 2014), guilt, anxiety, shock, and disbelief (Ferrey et al., 2016). With this being said, the family of the child who has made a suicide attempt is also in need of help. Parents do not always receive the care and attention they need while handling the situation with their child. As Russell (2017) noted, this deficit is occurring due to lack of knowledge regarding adolescent suicide attempts.

Extent

10 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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