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Survey Participants Needed: Siblings of Murder Victims

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Developmental psychologist Susan Tasker of the University of Victoria is looking for individuals to participate in her upcoming research. Tasker is seeking siblings of murder victims so that she and her team can reveal a greater understanding of the short and long-term effects of this type of trauma.

Conducting research on topics such as this is never easy, but it’s important. It’s always the hope of researchers, like Tasker, that the findings of this study, and studies like this one, will help serve those suffering from these traumatic experiences, now and into the future.

What do researchers already know about siblings of murder victims?

“We know anecdotally that these voices are silent and these children struggle,” Tasker said Thursday in announcing her study on the long-term effects murder has on the development and functioning of siblings.

The victim’s family is investigated in a very public manner between the media, the police investigation and the judicial process, she said.

Parents may be physically present, but often are not emotionally present for the siblings of their murdered child, according to Tasker.

What is Tasker looking to find out?

The physical and psychological trauma can last for years, she said. There’s little research available on the immediate and long-term impact of such murders on remaining siblings.

Participants will be sought through national homicide victim or bereavement groups, according to The Victoria Times Colonist. Participants may also apply directly to Tasker or de Villiers at stasker@uvic.ca or research.priscilladevilliers@gmail.com.

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Written by traumalines

October 7, 2010 at 8:46 pm

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  1. […] “Survey Participants Needed: Siblings of Murder Victims“: Developmental psychologist Susan Tasker of the University of Victoria is looking for individuals to participate in her upcoming research. Tasker is seeking siblings of murder victims so that she and her team can reveal a greater understanding of the short and long-term effects of this type of trauma. […]


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