Qualitative Health Research Network


Hannah Scott

Using multiadic analysis to understand the social impact of suicide bereavement on friend and family groups

Seminar details

Hannah Rachel Scott gave the QHRN seminar on the 21st April 2021.

Title: Using multiadic analysis to understand the social impact of suicide bereavement on friend and family groups 

Date: 21st April 2021

Time: 14:00-15:00

Location: Zoom


This talk will cover a qualitative study that formed part of my PhD thesis, in which I explored informal social support (the help provided between family and friends) after a loss to suicide.

Within the context of bereavement research, informal social support is typically considered through a binary distinction between the providers and the recipients of support. Studies often focus on the experiences of those who primarily receive support from others and as a result, little is known about what it is like to provide support. Additionally, bereavement within a group affects multiple group members, meaning that they each receive support as well as provide it, impacting on group roles and relationships. This complexity is rarely considered in bereavement literature.

Focusing on suicide loss as a cause of death with a unique social impact, I carried out a study to more fully capture the impact of suicide loss on relationships and informal social support within friend and family groups. I carried out interviews with groups of friends and families and used a method of qualitative analysis that allowed me to examine data at multiple levels: comparing and contrasting data across all participants, within friend and family groups, and between friend and family groups. The strengths and limitations of this method of analysis and the kinds of data it can elicit are discussed.


Hannah Rachel Scott is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Psychological Medicine at KCL. She currently works on the NHS CHECK project, a longitudinal project tracking the mental health of healthcare workers over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her roles within this project include carrying out diagnostic psychiatric interviews and conducting a qualitative study of healthcare workers’ experiences of support interventions in the workplace. Hannah completed her PhD in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL; this project focused on understanding the social impact of suicide bereavement and how friend and family groups informally support each other through suicide loss.

Twitter: @HannahRachScott

Seminar recording

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