Do They Suffer More? Reflections on Research Comparing Suicide Survivors to Other Survivors

Suicide Life Threat Behav. Spring 2001;31(1):83-90. doi: 10.1521/suli.


This article contrasts public perceptions of suicide survivors with conclusions based on comparative studies of suicide, fatal accident survivors, and other survivors. Although suicide is commonly thought to cause a particularly burden-some grief, quantitative studies have often failed to support this. We then offer some interpretations of these findings and suggest future pathways for research.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bereavement
  • Depression / psychology*
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Suicide, Attempted / psychology*
  • Survivors / psychology*