Psychiatric Sequelae to the Loss of an Adolescent Peer to Suicide
Brent D A~~Perper J A~~et al
The social networks of 26 adolescent suicide victims were interviewed 7 months after the death of the victim & compared with 146 matched, unexposed controls. The rates of major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, suicidal ideation with a plan or an attempt, but not suicidal attempts, that had onset after exposure were elevated in the exposed group vs. controls. Almost all of those exposed youth who had new-onset suicidality did so in the context of a new-onset depressive episode.