There has been extensive research in the areas of the impact of suicide and human development over the past several decades. Researchers continue to examine the role that experiencing suicide loss plays in terms of the formation of a healthy identity and overall development. The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of suicide loss on adolescent development. Specifically, this paper will address the potential impact of surviving a significant suicide loss on adolescent development during the identity versus role confusion stage of Erikson’s theory of development. Based on a thorough review of professional literature, the long-term effects and implications of surviving suicide loss will be discussed in relation to Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development.

Date of Award

Spring 4-11-2022

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Mary Fawcett, Ph.D





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