Year: 1993 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, v.32, no.6, (Nov.1993),p.1189-1197 SIEC No: 19940136

In a sample of 146 friends & acquaintances of 26 adolescent suicides, 43 developed a depressive episode subsequent to exposure to suicide, 18 were depressed before exposure & 85 were never depressed. Those who became depressed after exposure, when compared to the other groups, had a closer relationship with the victims, showed more severe grief, & showed more intense exposure to the suicide. It is concluded that such reactions after exposure to suicide appear to be bona fide major depression.