Title

Storybooks to facilitate children’s communication following parental suicide: paraprofessional counselors’ perceptions

Keywords

parental suicide, bibliotherapy, children's books

Abstract

Children often have difficulty talking openly about a parent’s suicide. Bibliotherapy can help, but no bibliotherapy studies address parental suicide. We gave a focus group (5 paraprofessionals) 15 children’s books addressing grief, parental suicide, and emotional expression, asking them which books were most helpful. They emphasized individualizing treatment to fit the child, recommending the books that honestly portrayed suicide, showed a way forward, provided hope, and assured children that they are not alone. The most highly recommend books were Bart Speaks Out: Breaking the Silence on Suicide and After a Suicide Death: A Workbook for Grieving Kids.

Original Publication Citation

Lindsay J. Regehr, Melissa A. Heath, Aaron P. Jackson, David Nelson & Elizabeth A. Cutrer-Párraga (2019) Storybooks to facilitate children’s communication following parental suicide: paraprofessional counselors’ perceptions, Death Studies.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2019-11-21

Publisher

Death Studies

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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