Children With A Parent Who Has Attempted Suicide May Have Increased Risk Of Attempting Suicide Themselves

HealthDay (12/31, Mundell) reports that according to a study published online Dec. 30 in JAMA Psychiatry, a parent’s history of attempting suicide appears to raise “the odds of a suicide attempt in their child…fivefold.” After following some “700 young and adult-aged children (ages ranged from 10 to 50) of 334 parents with mood disorders, such as depression or bipolar disorder,” researchers discovered that “a history of suicide attempts in a child was strongly associated with a similar history in that child’s parent – even after they accounted for any mood disorder that might be shared by both parent and child.”

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— “Parent’s Suicide Attempt Makes Child’s Much More Likely: Study,” E.J. Mundell, HealthDay, December 30, 2014.

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