The Role of Parental Bonding and Early Maladaptive Schemas in the Risk of Suicidal Behavior Repetition

Participants in this study completed measures of perceived parental bonding, schemas, risk of repeating suicidal behaviour, anxiety, & depression following their presentation at Accident & Emergency with suicidal behaviour. 60 suicidal behaviour subjects differed from 46 clinical & 48 non-clinical subjects on measures of early maladaptive schemas, anxiety, & depression. No significant difference was noted […]

Attitudes and Beliefs of Adolescents and Parents Regarding Adolescent Suicide

This qualitative study used focus groups to elicit the thoughts of adolescents & parents of adolescents regarding adolescent suicide. 66 adolescents & 30 parents participated in 13 focus groups in Chicago, Illinois & the Kansas City, Kansas area. Both adolescents & parents recognized adolescent suicide as a major problem, but not for their own communities. […]

Gender Differences in Risk Factors for Suicide: Findings From a Swedish National Cohort Study

Cox regressions were used to calculate interaction effects of gender for childhood & parental risk factors for 8815 suicides in a national cohort of 2.47 million Swedish people born between 1946-1968. Low parental socioeconomic status increased suicide risk only for men while living in a metropolitan area increased the risk only for women. Parental psychotic […]

One-Year Follow-Up of Suicidal Adolescents: Parental History of Mental Health Problems and Time to Post-Hospitalization Attempt

This longitudinal study of recently hospitalized suicidal youth examined parental mental health history in addition to several indices of adolescent functioning as risk factors for time-to-suicide attempt over a 1-year period. 352 adolescents completed self-report & interview assessments within 1 week of hospitalization & 6 weeks, 3, 6, & 12 months post-hospitalization. Multivariable proportional hazards […]

Parental Suicidality as a Risk Factor for Delinquency Among Hispanic Youth

This study used data from a longitudinal study of 2,491 Hispanic youth ages 5-13, socialized in 2 different cultural contexts, Bronx, New York, & San Juan, Puerto Rico, to examine the relationship between parental suicidality & offspring delinquency. Results indicate that while traditional risk/protective factors & parental mental health issues relate to delinquency in expected […]

Filicide: a Comparison by sex and Presence or Absence of Self-Destructive Behavior

This study identified sociodemographic, contextual, situational, & individual variables, as well as certain behavioural warning signs, associated with filicide as a function of sex of the aggressors & the presence or absence of self-destructive behaviours. The data included all cases of filicide in Quebec from January 1986-March 1994 against youth under the age of 18. […]

Commentary: Addressing Suicidality in the Treatment of Parricidal Offenders

The high rate of suicide among parricidal offenders has important treatment implications. It suggests that the assessment & management of suicide risk & of interpersonal violence needs to be conducted in an intregrative fashion. The role of hopelessness & despair in parricidal acts & the need to target these for treatment, ideally by combining group […]

Mortality Rates of Males who Commit Parricide or Other Violence Offense Against a Parent

This study examined & compared the mortality of matricidal & patricidal offenders by using a comprehensive national data set with follow-up ranging from 3-24 years. 99 matricidal, 113 patricidal, & 111 control violent male offenders were evaluated over the period 1973-2004 in Finland. One-third of deaths among parricidal offenders were due to suicide. The matricidal […]

Hopelessness, Parent-Adolescent Communication, and Suicidal Ideation Among Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong

Based on the responses of 5,557 Chinese secondary students in Hong Kong, the relationships among perceived hopelessness, family functioning, & suicide ideation were examined. Results showed suicide ideation was positively related to hopelessness but negatively related to parent-adolescent communication. Compared with father-adolescent communication, mother-adolescent communication generally had a stronger association with adolescent suicide ideation. It […]

Silenced Voices: Hearing the Stories of Parents Bereaved Through the Suicide Death of a Young Adult Child

This qualitative study explored parents’ experiences following the suicide of their young adult child. 22 Australian parents participated. One narrative theme drawn from the interviews was the way in which suicide bereaved parents felt unable to talk about their child’s life & death, their experience of suicide, & their resultant bereavement. Parents reported being silenced […]

Planning and Emotional Health of Abused Adult Children Caregivers

This study explored markers associated with the advance-planning patterns & emotional health of adult child caregivers pre-selected for their history of childhood abuse within the family. An informational decision grid & two classification procedures were used to organize & link 246 written plans of 50 adults providing nearly 6 hours of care per day to […]

The Moderating Effects of Parenting Styles on African-American and Caucasian Children’s Suicidal Behaviors

The moderating effects of parenting styles on depressed & aggressive children’s suicidal behaviour, including ideation & attempts, were evaluated in 172 children, 6-12 years of age, admitted for acute psychiatric inpatient care. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that, controlling for age & gender, children who endorsed more depressive symptoms or reactive aggression reported more current & […]

Factors Associated With Parent-Reported Suicide Threats by Children and Adolescents With Community-Diagnosed Bipolar Disorder

Parents completed the Child Bipolar Questionnaire via a secure, Internet-based acquisition system. In multivariate modelling analysis, with age & gender as covariates, Questionnaire items that were most closely correlated with parent-reported suicide threat were identified. The strength of this multifactor association was then examined among subjects reported to have a community diagnosis of bipolar disorder […]

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 […]

How They Died, Time Since Loss, and Bereavement Outcomes


Parental Portraits of Suicide: Narrating the Loss of a Young Adult Child


Preadolescent Suicidal Behavior: the Role of Cognitive Functioning


Locating and Understanding Voices in Narrative Inquiry: a Journey of Discovery (IN: Qualitative Journeys: Student and Mentor Experiences With Research, edited by V Minichiello & J A Kottler)


Attitudes Toward Child Suicide

This study examined the differences between 52 male & 72 female college students in their blaming of parents for a child’s suicide. Ages of the victim were varied to see if this would influence both blaming attitudes & attitudes toward the victim’s mental health. Results revealed men to be more blaming of parents than were […]

A Pilot Study Evaluating a Support Programme for Parents of Young People With Suicidal Behaviour


Notifying Parents Following a College Student Suicide Attempt: a Review of Case law and FERPA, and Recommendations for Practice

Decisions by university officials not to notify a student’s parents following a suicide attempt on campus have been severely criticized by some observers. Although courts have not imposed a parental notice requirement, the practice is advantageous to students in many situations. The author recommends a system of notification that relies primarily upon nonmedical student affairs […]

The Father Transference During a pre-Suicide State(IN: Relating to Self-Harm and Suicide. Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Practice, Theory and Prevention, ed. by S Briggs, A Lemma and W Crouch)


Pregnancies in High Psychosocial Risk Groups: Research Findings and Implications for Early Intervention