Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Emotional Landscape of Homicide Survivors: Deepening Psychological Understanding and Psychotherapeutic Approaches
by Vinzant, Celeste Kimlen, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 91; 1528237
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis examines the experiences and psychological needs of the surviving family and loved ones of homicide victims. Their loss differs from others who grieve due to the violent and intentional nature of the death. The following questions are explored: What is known about the mindset of individuals who commit homicide and what could provide early intervention with an eye towards prevention? What is the experience of surviving loved ones and how can individuals, families, and communities be best supported after a loss to homicide? How can mental health professionals and educators best be of support? Using a hermeneutic and heuristic research methodology, including a case study of the events surrounding the homicide of the author‘s sister, this thesis investigates these questions, providing a deeper understanding of the psychological stresses and needs of homicide survivors and suggesting appropriate therapeutic approaches for psychotherapists who treat them.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Boyd, Barbara
Commitee: Panteleakos, Tina
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Bereavement, Homicide survivors, Intimate partner violence, Prolonged grief, Psychopathology, Sexual homicide
Publication Number: 1528237
ISBN: 978-1-321-18518-8
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