This qualitative research project is aiming to identify if losing a father to suicide, between the ages of 10 and 19, has an impact on heterosexual women’s intimate relationships with men in adulthood. An intimate relationship is an interpersonal relationship that involves physical or emotional intimacy.

This research is part of a Master’s in Clinical Counselling that I am undertaking at the University of Chester. This research has been granted ethical approval by The Department of Social and Political Science Ethics Committee at The University of Chester.

If you decide to take part, I will arrange a time to conduct a confidential, semi-structured interview with myself, the researcher. Interviews will last no longer than one hour and will be recorded and conducted online using Zoom, a secure online platform, at a time that is convenient for you. The interview will be in the format of questions and answers.

To take part you must:

  • Be heterosexual women whose father died by suicide in her adolescence (between the ages of 10 and 19)
  • Be based in England
  • Be aged 25 and over, and have experience of intimate relationships with men involving physical or/and emotional intimacy
  • Have received therapy in the past (not currently undergoing)
  • Self-define as feeling able to discuss your experience without anticipation that this will cause distress, to take part in the research
  • Have an understanding of English that is sufficient to engage with the research

If you fulfil these criteria and are interested in taking part, please get in contact. If you have any questions, please contact me before making a decision about whether or not to take part. My email address is

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