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The teen suicide rate has tripled since 1954 (Conger, 1977; Malcom, 1971; Seiden 1984) making suicide the third leading cause of death among adolescents in the United states in 1979 (Davis, 1985). This dramatic rise in adolescent suicide has sufficiently alarmed researchers so that they have explored causes and symptoms. As a result of the seriousness of the problem, recent literature has dealt with not only the treatment of suicidal adolescents but also with prevention techniques. A preliminary review of literature also revealed that therapists and counselors explored postvention treatment techniques for the grieving parents, but said little about effects on the sibling survivors of suicide (Shneidman, 1973). Lamb & Sutton-Smith well known sibling researchers, (1982) asserted that the sibling bond, unless shortened by death, was the longest relationship in duration of our lives. Yet siblings were often mentioned only in light of the effect their parents• grief had on them (Krell and Rabkin, 1979). Surviving siblings' relationships with their parents were found to be crucial to the siblings' well-being. However, these children had also experienced relationships with their now deceased siblings which were unique, and separate from those with their parents (Bank & Kahn, 1982).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Audrey L. Smith


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