Year: 1991 Source: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, v.59, no.6, (December 1991), p.861-873 SIEC No: 19911133

The clinical assumption that suicide attempts demonstrate familial aggregation was examined with data from a community survey. Nearly 1 in 4 attempters reported a family history of suicide. Parent attempt was not significantly associated with respondent suicide attempt when a host of risk factors were held constant. Possible mediating factors are discussed, focusing on social isolation as an underlying factor. Comments by Zimmerman & Wilson follow.