Year: 1965 Source: Archives of General Psychiatry, v.12, (1965), p.213-216 SIEC No: 19820038

A study of completed & attempted adult suicides in King County, Wash., indicates that in both groups there is a higher rate of parental deprivation in childhood than in control groups of other studies. The most prevalent parental deprivation for the completed group was death, for the attempted group, divorce. Loss of both parents was highly significant for both groups. This study suggests that parental loss in childhood creates a predisposition to depression & suicide in later life. (LD)