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.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 53/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Cognitive psychology|
|Keywords:||Bereavement, Homicide survivors, Intimate partner violence, Prolonged grief, Psychopathology, Sexual homicide|
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