Year: 1992 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, v.31, no.4, (July 1992), p.629-640 SIEC No: 19920742

58 friends & acquaintances of 10 adolescent suicide victims were interviewed 6 months after the suicide, & the rates of psychiatric disorders that had onset after the death were compared with the 6-month incidence of psychopathology in 58 matched controls. The exposed group showed higher rates of any new onset major depressive disorder. Adolescent friends & acquaintances experience considerable psychiatric morbidity subsequent to exposure to suicide, most consistent with pathological grief.