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Les professionnels de l'action socio-sanitaire en institution ou cabinet privé face au suicide d'un client/patient: impact individuel, répercussions sur les pratiques professionnelles et modalités de gestion

English title Sequelae of a client suicide on mental health care-givers and social-workerks: personal and professional impact and coping strategies
Applicant Castelli Dransart Dolores Angela
Number 120560
Funding scheme DORE project funding
Research institution Haute école fribourgeoise de travail social HES-SO
Institution of higher education University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland - HES-SO
Main discipline Social work
Start/End 01.05.2008 - 31.12.2009
Approved amount 208'869.00
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Keywords (13)

professionals as suicide survivor; impact of suicide on professionals; professionals coping strategies; occupational hazard; grief; questionnaire study; client’s suicide; personal impact; professional impact; social worker; mental health caregiver; institutional setting; private setting

Lay Summary (English)

Lay summary
The present research investigates the personal and professional impact of a client suicide on caregivers and social workers working with people at risk both in an institutional or a private setting and aims at identifying resources and strategies for dealing with such an event.The research is structured in two parts:The first part addresses the professionals working with populations at risk within institutions. This part of study is conducted in two phases. In the first one, a questionnaire will be sent to all social and medical institutions working with persons at risk in the canton of Geneva in order to identify those who had experienced a client suicide during the five years preceding the survey. In the second phase, a self-administered anonymous questionnaire will be sent to institutions in order to be filled by professionals (doctors/psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, social educators, psychologists and nursing assistant) liable to have experienced such an event. This questionnaire, based on several reliable and validated scales largely discussed in the recent literature, is designed to investigate the emotional and professional impact of patient suicide, as well as the resources used to cope with this event.The second part of the study addresses the professionals working in private setting in the cantons of Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais and Vaud, and members of vocational societies. All professionals (doctors/psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists) will be asked to fill the main self-administered questionnaire (adapted to the context, the realities and the practices of private settings).
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Number Title Start Funding scheme
109845 Conséquences du suicide d'un client sur les professionnels de l'action socio-sanitaire: impact individuel, répercussions sur les pratiques professionnelles et modalités de gestion. 01.10.2005 DORE project funding