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Experiences of causing an accidental death: An interpretative phenomenological analysis study.

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Experiences of causing an accidental death : An interpretative phenomenological analysis study. / Rassool, Sara B.; Nel, Pieter W.

In: Death Studies, Vol. 36, No. 9, 08.2012, p. 832-857.

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Rassool, Sara B. ; Nel, Pieter W. / Experiences of causing an accidental death : An interpretative phenomenological analysis study. In: Death Studies. 2012 ; Vol. 36, No. 9. pp. 832-857.

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