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Category: Missing Persons

Boss, P. (1991). The other victims: Families of hostages. USA Today Magazine, 120, 68-69.

Boss, P. (2002). Ambiguous loss in families of the missing. The Lancet, 360, 39-40 (Special issue: Medicine and Conflict.).

Boss, P. (2002). Ambiguous loss: Working with families of the missing. Family Process, 41, 14-17.

Boss, P. (2014, April 3). How to support families dealing with ambiguous lossĀ [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Boss, P. (2018). Families of the missing: Psychosocial effects and therapeutic approaches. International Review of the Red Cross, 1-16. doi:10.1017/S1816383118000140

Boss, P. (2023). Context matters: The global adversity of missing family members. JFTR. Early online publication.

Boss, P., & Ishii, C. (2015). Trauma and ambiguous loss: The lingering presence of the physically absent. In K. E. Cherry (Ed.), Traumatic stress and long-term recovery (pp. 271-289). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International.

Boss, P., & Wetterling, P. (2016). Disappearance, not death. The ambiguous loss of a missing sibling. In B. J. Marshall & H. R. Winokuer (Eds.,) Sibling loss across the lifespan: Research, practice, and personal stories (pp. 174-183). London, UK: Taylor & Francis.

Fravel, D. L, & Boss, P. (1992). An in-depth interview with the parents of missing children. In J. F. Gilgun, K. Daly, & G. Handel (Eds.), Qualitative methods in family research (pp. 126-145). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.