Missing Person Research

University of Wollongong Australia


The psychological impact of having a missing loved one

Thousands of people are reported missing worldwide each year. Research indicates that for every person that goes missing, a network of people are affected, and the impact on the psychological well being of those left behind can be profound.

Researchers from the School of Psychology at the University of Wollongong, Australia, are seeking participants to help them explore the emotional processes people go through when they have a missing loved one. This research is important for gaining insight into how the best possible support might be provided to those left behind.

The researchers are seeking participants who are 18 years or above and fluent in written and spoken English for involvement in an online survey. If you have a loved one who is missing and are open to sharing your experience you are invited to take part. Participation is entirely voluntary and those that choose to be part of the study can withdraw at any time without consequence. All details provided will be confidential, as will be the details of the person who is missing.

If you would like further information or are interested in participating, please visit:


If you have any questions, please contact Cecilia via email: ch969@uowmail.edu.au