Ambiguous Loss in a Non-Western Context: Families of the Disappeared in Postconflict Nepal
Ambiguous loss is explored in a different cultural context through a study of the families of persons disappeared during Nepal's decade-long Maoist insurgency.
An exploratory model of girl's vulnerability to commercial sexual exploitation in prostitution
Joan A. Reid
Study utilising modelling to explore: whether caregiver strain is linked to child maltreatment, if experiencing maltreatment is associated with risk-inflating behaviours or sexual denigration of self/others, and if these behavioural and psychosocial dysfunctions are related to vulnerability to commercial sexual exploitation.
Thematic focus: Family tracing and family reunification
Fundamental Rights Agency
This section looks at the fundamental rights implications of the following practices in more detail:
Recent legislative changes
An Uncertain Hope: Missing People’s overview of the theory, research and learning about how it feels for families when a loved one goes missing
This guidance provides an overview of the currently available research, policy, knowledge and understanding about what it is really like to cope when someone you love is missing.
“It’s the hope that hurts” Best practice in counselling models relevant to families and friends of missing persons
Hunter Institute of Mental Health
In early June of 2001 the families and friends of Missing persons unit operating within the NSW attorney General’s department out of the victims of Crime Bureau contracted the hunter institute of Mental health to investigate and report on best practice model/s relevant to families and friends of missing persons.
International Parental Child Abduction and Mediation
Nuria González Martín
The goal of this article is, first, to analyze the operation of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction in the context of its Guide to Good Practice on Mediation to determine whether such guide will promote Mediation as a useful method for family conflict resolution in cases of international child abduction by one of the parents.
The Kosovo Family Support Project: Offering Psychosocial Support for Families with Missing Persons
Mary Ellen Keough, Margaret F. Samuels
This article presents a case that illustrates the vital role that social workers and other mental health and public health workers provided to support families following the 1999 conflict between Serb forces and Kosovar Albanians in Kosovo.
Living in Limbo: The experiences of, and impacts on, the families of missing people
This small scale, exploratory study aimed to provide a rich and deep account of the ways in which a disappearance can affect a missing person’s family members.
In the Loop: young people talking about missing
Families and Friends of Missing Persons Unit in collaboration with Emily, Izi, Lily and Max.
This book is written by and for children and young people who live with having someone missing in their lives. That missing person might be a parent or grandparent, a brother or sister, an aunt, uncle or cousin.
Missing siblings: seeking more adequate social responses
Julie Clark, Jeni Warburton, Cheryl Tilse
This paper links knowledge of siblings, loss and grief to an understanding of this phenomenon. It presents the methodology and findings of an exploratory, qualitive study into the expériences of nine adult siblings of long-term missing people in Australia and presents the themes drawn from their account.
Ambiguous loss: a complicated type of grief when loved ones disappear
Pauline Boss, Janet R Yeats
Ambiguous loss is an unclear loss that continues without resolution or closure. The authors present six guidelines about meaning, mastery, identity, ambivalence, attachment, and hope.
Loss, Trauma and Resilience : Therapeutic Work with Ambiguous Loss
Pauline Boss, the principal theorist of the concept of ambiguous loss, guides clinicians in the task of building resilience in clients who face the trauma of loss without resolution. Boss describes a concrete therapeutic approach that is at once directive and open to the complex contexts in which people find meaning and discover hope in the face of ambiguous losses
Missing persons in Australia
Marianne James, Jessica Anderson and Judy Putt
This paper identifies key priorities for further development to improve practices related to reducing the incidence of missing persons and the provision of services.
Families living with absence: Searching for missing people
Hester Parr and Olivia Stevenson
The report raises many relevant issues for working with families of missing people, but also highlights the need for families to have time and space to remember.
The Missing Link in Resilience Research
Shaul Kimhi, Yohanan Eshel
This article is a most comprehensive and important review of resilience research which presents an intellectual challenge to every scholar in this field.
Lessons from Australia: Developing a new counselling service for families when someone is missing
This report describes Helen's trip and the lessons she learned.
The Trauma and Complicated Grief of Ambiguous Loss
Ambiguous loss is a newly identified type of loss that occurs when a loved one is physically present, but psychologically absent. Dementia is just one example.
Family Feedback Survey Report
Missing People's annual Impact Report shows how we are meeting the needs of missing children, missing adults and their families across the UK.
Supporting those who are left behind A counselling framework to support families of missing persons
Each year in Australia, 35,000 people are reported missing to police. For every missing person’s case reported, at least 12 people are affected whether it is emotionally, psychologically, physically or financially. That means that a significantly large number of people will endure the trauma associated with the unresolved loss of a loved one.
Holding on to hope: A review of the literature exploring missing persons, hope and ambiguous loss
Sarah Waylanda, Myfanwy Maplea, Kathy McKaya & Geoffrey Glassocka
This review explores hope for families of missing people.
What about me? Coping with the abduction of a brother or sister
US Department of Justice
This publication is the effort of those who have lived the nightmare of losing a sister or brother. Eight siblings joined with the Office of Justice Programs to write this guide.
Cross-border parental child abduction in the European Union
Dr. Lukas HECKENDORN URSCHELER, Dr. Ilaria PRETELL
This study aims at analysing the international, European and national legal framework applicable to cross-border parental child abduction, with a view to proposing recommendations for the improvement of the current system.
Family Factors and Runaway Missing Children: A Review of Theories and Research
Ravi Shankar B. G., Ravindra D.Gadkar
This paper reviews the research that has investigated the relationship between family factors and runaway incidence of Children. It also examines the prominent theories to understand runaway phenomena. It aims to assist practitioners and policy makers who work with children and families to make evidence informed
What to do when a child goes missing
This guide gives some simple advice on what steps to
take when a child goes missing, based on our experience and the views of the young people involved.
Unresolved Loss: Issues in Working with Adults Whose Siblings were Kidnapped Years Ago
Geoffrey Greif, Duane T. Bowers
This article describes the common issues raised by five adults (18-60 years old) whose siblings were kidnapped during their childhood or in early adulthood.
Communication, Liminality, and Hope: The September 11th Missing Person Posters
Kevin T. Jones, Kenneth S. Zagacki, Todd V. Lewis
In this paper, we argue that the posters represent a powerful response to a traumatic and in some ways unprecedented situation (September 11, 2001), a response that transformed the death of loved ones from a reality or future certainty into a probability made possible by the searchers' desire, emotions, or imagination.