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The Korean Journal of Woman Psychology

A Phenomenological Study Focusing on the Bereaved Women’s Experiences by Spouse's Suicide


The purpose of this study was to give a better understanding about the essential experience of bereaved women by spouse's suicide. Five participants who live in urban areas are women and they lost their spouses by suicide. Collecting data was based on the in-depth interviews of the participants and the collected data set is analyzed by Giorgi(1985)'s phenomenological fourth phase. The results showed four core themes and fifteen superordinate themes. The four core themes are as follows: <Spouses' suicide signs that finally became distinct : the participants' perceptions about spouses' characteristics related with suicide>, <My husband is a victim of the given fate: interpretation and acceptance of spouse's death>, <I am totally disabled: suffering of the participants by spouse's death>, <Pulling up a weight of life slanted toward death: living a life as being left alone and recovering a messed up life>. Based on these results, the meanings and essence of the five participants' experience were discussed. And hermeneutic writing was attempted in order to describe better the experience of bereaved women by spouse's suicide. Finally, required roles of our current society and clinical intervention were suggested. Furthermore, some limitations of this study and the directions for future research were discussed.

spouse loss, suicide, suicide survivors, and Giorgi's phenomenological study, 배우자 사별, 자살, 자살사별자(자살생존자), Giorgi의 현상학적 연구



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