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Yumi Lee, Yun-Hee Kim, Ji-Hye Kang, & Hyeong-Keun Yu - Postvention is Prevention: Helping Students Bereaved by Suicide in Korean Schools
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Yumi Lee1, Yun-Hee Kim2, Ji-Hye Kang3, & Hyeong-Keun Yu4
1 University of Leipzig, Germany
2 Hannam University, South-Korea
3,4 Korea National University of Education, South-Korea
Postvention is Prevention:Helping Students Bereaved by Suicide in Korean Schools
Abstract. People bereaved by suicide (i.e., suicide survivors) often are close to the person who committed suicide. Suicide survivors comprehend these accidents as traumatic experiences. They experience difficulties in accepting the committed suicide either through denial or by keeping themselves in silence. In particular, students in the adolescent period are the most highly affected by their friends’ behavior, thus they opt to imitate their friend’s suicide. Therefore, keeping an eye on these suicide survivors and also providing them with postvention programs are critical in order for them to cope with the suicide incident effectively and eventually go back to daily life. The purpose of this study was to develop a school postvention program in order to prevent another suicide in schools in South-Korea.
Key Words: suicide survivors, Bronfenbrenner, traumatic experiences, counselor, teacher.
1 Suicide in South-Korea
Korea’s3 suicide rate was the highest in the OECD countries for 12 years, from 2002 to 2013 (OECD, 2013). According to Statistics Korea data, 28.5 suicides per 100,000 people (39.5 people per day). Youth suicide is also a major concern in Korea. The suicide rate among adolescents (age: 10–19) showed that suicide accounted for 29.5 %...
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