Year: 1994 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.151, no.12, (December 1994), p.1815-1816 SIEC No: 19940924

53 Eskimos who had attempted suicide were studied. Depressive diagnoses were common. 37 of the attempts were preceded by a recent interpersonal loss. 60% of the patients had lost a parent during childhood. Poor affective relatedness, especially around issues of loss, was noted in most of the patients. Multiple losses & limited grieving mechanisms may be important risk factors for attempted suicide in this population. (16 refs.)