New ESRC funding for research into bereavement through substance misuse
6 March 2012
Led by Professor Tony Walter, Dr Christine Valentine and Lorna Templeton at the University of Bath and Professor Linda Bauld at the University of Stirling, this study will investigate the experiences and concerns of bereaved families who have lost loved ones through substance misuse and develop guidelines for practitioners working to support this group. This will be achieved through in-depth interviews with bereaved family members and consultation with policy-makers and practitioners in South West England and the West of Scotland.
At a time when substance misuse related deaths are increasing and support for bereaved families lacking, the study will address a significant gap in understanding and addressing the needs of this group.
Based in the Centre for Death and Society, the study will involve collaboration with researchers and consultants from the Universities of Stirling and Glasgow, with expertise in addiction studies.
Further details of this project will be available on the Centre for Death and Society website, as it develops.
The project will begin in September 2012 and run for three years.