Bereavement after homicide: a descriptive study

Am J Psychiatry. 1984 Nov;141(11):1452-4. doi: 10.1176/ajp.141.11.1452.


The act of homicide specifically influences the clinical presentation of subsequent bereavement. Retrospective reports of 15 individuals who lost a relative through homicide revealed cognitive, behavioral, and affective reactions associated with the homicide. Several of these reactions match those described in the DSM-III diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic or delayed type. The identification of bereaved individuals with the homicide and the therapeutic implications of bereavement after homicide are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Defense Mechanisms
  • Female
  • Grief*
  • Homicide*
  • Humans
  • Identification, Psychological
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychotherapy
  • Punishment
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / diagnosis*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / psychology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy
  • Violence