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Author Tyler, Margaret Guilfoy
Title Social perceptions of survivor families: A study of community reaction toward survivors of suicidal, homicidal, and natural deaths
Descript 129 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 50-08, Section: A, page: 2438
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Saint Louis University, 1989
The purpose of this investigation is to examine the community's reaction toward survivor-families of suicide, homicide, and death by heart attack
Three hundred ninety research subjects were recruited from academic institutions and organizations with senior-citizen membership. There were 215 subjects 18-25 years of age, 115 subjects 26-55 years of age, and 60 subjects over the age of 55. Subjects read one of 12 newspaper accounts of a person's sudden death. The age of the victim and mode of death were varied. Subjects then completed a questionnaire rating their perception of the degree of psychological disturbance of the victim and the survivor-family, how well they would like the survivor-family, how much blame they attributed to the family for the victim's death, whether the newspaper should have reported the cause of death, how long they felt the family would remain sad and depressed over the death, and how comfortable they would feel visiting and expressing sympathy to the family
A 3 x 3 x 4 multivariate analysis of variance (victim's age x respondent's age x type of death) was conducted. The results indicated that respondents viewed the victim and the survivor-family as more psychologically disturbed, reported they would like the family less and blamed them more for the victim's death when the death was self-inflicted. Senior respondents differed significantly from the other two age groups in the amount of blame attributed to the family for the victim's death. Respondents in the 18-25 age group differed significantly from senior subjects for degree of discomfort when visiting the survivor-family. There was a significant two-way interaction between the age of the respondent and the type of death on amount of blame attributed to the survivor-family
School code: 0193
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 50-08A
Subject Education, Educational Psychology
Education, Social Sciences
Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Alt Author Saint Louis University
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