Study Finds Parental Divorce May Increase Risk Of Suicide

The Huffington Post (5/20, Hillin) reports on research by Dr. Dana Alonzo, associate professor at Columbia University, published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry finding that “the mental health effects of divorce may linger on well into adulthood, putting children of divorce at greater risk of suicide.” The study was based on US Bureau of the Census interviews with 49,093 people who were “asked questions regarding the marital status and the alcohol patterns of their parents; they were then analyzed for depression.”

The study found that “parental divorce increased the likelihood of suicide attempt by 14 percent.” The study was supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

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— “Adult Children Of Divorce Show Greater Risk For Suicide: Study,” Taryn Hillin, Huffington Post, May 20, 2014.

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