Understanding and responding to adults bereaved following a drug or alcohol-related death

Walter, Tony and Valentine, Christine (2018). Understanding and responding to adults bereaved following a drug or alcohol-related death. [Data Collection]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive. 10.5255/UKDA-SN-852040

This two phase qualitative study aims to provide new understanding of the experiences of individuals bereaved through substance misuse and to identify their support needs in order to inform service design and delivery. The first phase of the research will involve in-depth interviews with bereaved family members in England and Scotland. The second phase will engage groups of bereavement and substance misuse professionals, practitioners and service users in developing, testing and validating new practice guidelines. These guidelines will inform and assist support services’ staff in more adequately addressing the needs of this group of bereaved people.

Data description (abstract)

Qualitative data from 100 in-depth Interviews with 106 adults (including 6 couples) bereaved following a drug or alcohol-related death. The research is being led by researchers in the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath who have experience in conducting research on bereavement. Other members of the research team are based at the University of Stirling and have experience in addiction studies. A bereaved family member will also be part of the research team. The study aims to make a significant contribution to the bereavement and substance misuse literature, raise awareness of issues faced by those suffering this type of loss and inform evidence-based practice guidelines.

Data creators:
Creator Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Walter Tony University of Bath
Valentine Christine University of Bath
Name Affiliation ORCID (as URL)
Templeton Lorna University of Bath
McKell Jennifer University of Stirling
Ford Allison University of Stirling
Velleman Richard University of Bath
Hay Gordon Liverpool John Moore University
Bauld Linda University of Stirling
Sponsors: Economic and Social Research Council
Grant reference: ES/J007366/1
Topic classification: Social welfare policy and systems
Society and culture
Keywords: bereavement, drug or alcohol-related deaths, stigma, services, five key messages
Project title: Understanding and Responding to Families and Individuals bereaved by their relatives drug or alcohol-related death
Grant holders: Tony Walter
Project dates:
10 September 20129 September 2015
Date published: 09 Dec 2015 14:52
Last modified: 05 Oct 2018 14:39

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