Understanding and responding to adults bereaved following a drug or alcohol-related death

Abstract copyright data collection owner. Qualitative data from 100 in-depth Interviews with 106 adults (including 6 couples) bereaved following a drug or alcohol-related death.
The research is being led by researchers in the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath who have experience in conducting research on bereavement. Other members of the research team are based at the University of Stirling and have experience in addiction studies. A bereaved family member will also be part of the research team. The study aims to make a significant contribution to the bereavement and substance misuse literature, raise awareness of issues faced by those suffering this type of loss and inform evidence-based practice guidelines.

bereavement, drug or alcohol-related deaths, stigma, services, five key messages, 2015

Cite this dataset as:
Walter, T., Valentine, C., 2015. Understanding and responding to adults bereaved following a drug or alcohol-related death. UK Data Service. Available from: https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-852040.


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Tony Walter
Rights Holder
University of Bath

Christine Valentine
Rights Holder
University of Bath


Lorna Templeton

Jennifer McKell

Allison Ford

Richard Velleman

Gordon Hay

Linda Bauld


Collection date(s):

From 10 September 2012 to 9 September 2015

Geographical coverage:

England and Scotland


Data collection method:

Interviewees were recruited via local and national services, including drug and alcohol treatment services, generic bereavement services, and the few services in each study area offering specific support for substance use bereavement. Initial recruitment relied upon participant self-selection and convenience sampling. Once interviewing was underway, snowball and, later, purposive sampling were used to increase diversity, for example, including bereaved individuals who were themselves in treatment for or recovery from substance use. The resulting sample of 106 (including 6 couples) was diverse in age, relationship to the deceased, time since death and personal experience of substance use,Interviews were audio recorded and fully transcribed. A coding frame of the key areas covered in the interviews was developed to guide a detailed thematic analysis, aided by NVivo, version 10 (see topic guide).


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Understanding and responding to those bereaved through their family members' substance misuse

Publication details

Publication date: 9 December 2015
by: UK Data Service

Version: 1

Official landing page URL: https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-852040

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-852040

URL for this record: https://researchdata.bath.ac.uk/id/eprint/182

Contact information

Please contact the Research Data Service in the first instance for all matters concerning this item.

Contact person: Tony Walter


Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
Social & Policy Sciences