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Principles of Postvention: Applications to Suicide and Trauma in Schools

June, 1998
Article:

This article defines concepts such as post-traumatic stress, suicide and postvention and provides some basic guiding principles for dealing with these things in the context of schools.

Abstract

The authors define such concepts as posttraumatic stress, suicide, & postvention and then, from the classical & current literature as well as their experience in schools & communities, explicate some basic guiding principles. These principles are presented as heuristic; there is no “cookbook” to address the complexity of traumatic, including suicidal, effects. It is concluded that there have been past errors in the field & that strong efforts are needed in evaluation and research.

Full Reference

Leenaars AA and Wenckstern S. Principles of postvention: Applications to suicide and trauma in schools. Death Studies 1998; 22: 357.

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