Parental suicide attempt and subsequent risk of pre-enlistment suicide attempt among male and female new soldiers in the U.S. Army

Objective Suicide and suicide attempts among U.S. Army soldiers are a significant concern for public health. This study examined the association of parental suicide attempt prior to age 13 of the soldier with subsequent risk of pre-enlistment suicide attempt. Method We conducted secondary analyses of survey data from new soldiers who participated in the Army […]

Adolescents’ primary care consultations before and after parental suicide: Evidence from population‑wide data

Parental bereavement is associated with distress and poorer long-term outcomes among adolescents. Adolescents who lose a parent to suicide fare worse than their peers even before bereavement. Based on the current literature, we cannot distinguish such initial differences from the medium and long-term effect of parental suicide. We study the impact of parental suicide on […]

Offspring’s risk for suicidal behaviour in relation to parental death by suicide: Systematic review and meta-analysis and a model for familial transmission of suicide

Background: Exposure to parental suicide has been associated with increased risk for suicide and suicide attempts, although the strength of this association is unclear as evidence remains inconsistent. Aims: To quantify this risk using meta-analysis and identify potential effect modifiers. Method: A systematic search in PubMed, PsycInfo and Embase databases to 2020 netted 3614 articles. […]

Self-harm and violent criminality linked with parental death during childhood

BackgroundAdverse health and social outcomes are known to occur more frequently following parental death during childhood, but evidence is lacking for comparing long-term risks of internalised v. externalised harm. MethodsThis national register-based cohort study consisted of Danish persons born 1970–2000. The Civil Registration System and National Causes of Death Register were linked to ascertain parental deaths by […]

Parental risk for suicide and attachment patterns among adolescents with borderline personality disorder: A clinical-based study

Introduction: Experiencing adverse life events and early disturbed patterns of interaction are crucial determinants for the development of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Parental suicidal attempts can be considered a major adverse life event and a potentially traumatic experience. The aim of this study was to examine differences in parental suicidal attempts among a BPD adolescent population […]

Life and death in the family: Early parental death, parental remarriage, and offspring suicide risk in adulthood

Early-life parental death (PD) may increase suicide and other mortality risk in adulthood. The potential implications of subsequent remarriage of the widowed parent (RWP) for suicide have not been well examined. Data came from the Utah Population Database for birth cohorts between 1886 and 1960, yielding a sample of N = 663,729 individuals, including 4533 suicides. Cox […]

Age at exposure to parental suicide and the subsequent risk of suicide in young people

Background: We investigated the age at exposure to parental suicide and the risk of subsequent suicide completion in young people. The impact of parental and offspring sex was also examined. Method:Using a cohort study design, we linked Taiwan’s Birth Registry (1978–1997) with Taiwan’s Death Registry (1985–2009) and identified 40,249 children who had experienced maternal suicide (n = 14,431), […]

Parents’ experiences of suicide-bereavement: A qualitative study at 6 and 12 months after loss.

The death of a child by suicide is a severe trauma, placing parents at greater risk of psychological morbidity and physical health problems compared to other causes of death. However, few studies have examined the aftermath and bereavement experience for parents following the death of a child to suicide, limiting the ability to guide effective […]

Parents’ experiences of suicide-bereavement: A qualitative study at 6 and 12 months after loss.

The death of a child by suicide is a severe trauma, placing parents at greater risk of psychological morbidity and physical health problems compared to other causes of death. However, few studies have examined the aftermath and bereavement experience for parents following the death of a child to suicide, limiting the ability to guide effective […]

The perceived experience of children bereaved by parental suicide.

Children whose parent died by suicide are a vulnerable and underserved population. This phenomenon will be described, as well as implications for practice and research. “Double Whammy,” a conceptualization of the overall experience of this marginalized group, emerged through two in-depth interviews from a phenomenological qualitative study with professionals who facilitate support groups for children […]

Childhood parental death and lifetime suicide attempt of the opposite-gender offspring in a nationwide community sample of Korea.

Although previous studies have shown that childhood parental death influences suicide attempts of their offspring, few studies have examined influence of gender and age at exposure. Koreans show the third highest suicide rate in the world, and many children and adolescents lost their parents during and after the Korean War.Childhood parental death is significantly associated […]

Young people’s risk of suicide attempts in relation to parental death: A population-based register study.

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Parents bereaved by offspring suicide: a population-based longitudinal case-control study.

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Suicide survivors’ handbook: A guide for the bereaved and those who wish to help them.

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Posttraumatic growth among parent survivors of suicide.

Posttraumatic Growth Among Parent Survivors of SuicideDespite the burden of suicide in the United States and anecdotal clinical opinion that this cause of death creates a unique form of grief among those left behind, there is a dearth of research on those who are bereaved by suicide. There is some limited evidence that “suicide survivors” […]

Losing a parent to suicide: using lived experiences to inform bereavement counseling.

The suicide of a parent has life-long consequences; few more traumatic scenarios exist, and counselors often struggle for ways to help clients deal with its effects. Few understand the pain and life-altering effects of these tragedies better than children who have experienced the suicide of a parent. Despite this, there are few texts that incorporate […]

Suicide method runs in families: A birth certificate cohort study of adolescent suicide in Taiwan.

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Familial risk of early suicide: Variations by age and sex of children and parents.

To determine familial risk of early suicide, data on cause of death of all Dutch residents aged 20Ð55 years who died between 1995 and 2001 were linked to data of their parents. Men whose father died by suicide had a higher odds of suicide themselves, relative to men whose father died of other causes (Odds […]

The turquoise sea

English professor reflects on her father’s suicide.

Book Review-In her Wake: a Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of her Mother’s Suicide, by N Rappaport

The reviewer says that there is much to appreciate in this book in terms of grief & loss & the value of knowing about one’s family. He says the book also reminds readers of the devastation suicide causes & the need for postvention & prevention.

Assembling my Father: a Daughter’s Detective Story

The author relates the story of her father’s life & death by suicide when she was five years old.

The Construction of Meaning Following Parental Suicide: Grief of Children Following Parental Suicide

10 adults shared their story of losing a parent to suicide when they were children or young adults. This study examined their histories of growing & maturing in their particular family. Of particular interest was the meaning they made of their journey & how this may have changed over time. Evidence of resilience was sought […]

Suicide and Mental Illness in Parents and Risk of Suicide in Offspring: a Birth Cohort Study

The risk of offspring suicide was examined in relation to parental history of suicide & other risk factors. 7177 adult offspring born 1959-1961 & their parents from the Copenhagen Perinatal Cohort were studied. 48 cohort members, 77 mothers & 133 fathers had died by suicide during the follow-up. Independent of parental psychiatric illness & social […]