A pilot study of a weekend retreat intervention for family survivors of homicide

Author(s)Tuck, Inez, Beverly Baliko, Christine M. Schubert an Lorraine Anderson
Title A pilot study of a weekend retreat intervention for family survivors of homicide
Source Western Journal of Nursing Research,October 2012, Volume 34, No. 6, pp766-794
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Coverage USA
Summary The purpose of this study was to review the experience of survivors of loss by homicide participating in a holistic intervention. The theoretical conceptual framework of holism that forms the basis of the TOZI Healing Retreat includes the interconnection of mind, body and spirit. The authors conducted a longitudinal study with each participant measured five times. The sample consisted of seven females and one male, with ages ranging from 35 to 61 years. The results showed that the intervention had beneficial results although it was possible some changes in scores may have reflected other influences such as time, life stressors and events. The most notable result concerned forgiveness and the authors suggest that there are potential health benefits of forgiveness. Further research is recommended, with a larger sample size that will support statistical analysis
Keywords Homicide; family survivors; forgiveness; retreat; holistic; well-being.
Topic Psychological effects and treatment