Year: 2004 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.161, no.12, (December 2004), p.2303-2308 SIEC No: 20060169

This study aims to show the association between religion & suicide by studying depressed patients that reported belonging to 1 specific religion versus those who described themselves as having no religious affiliation. Religiously unaffiliated subjects had significantly more lifetime suicide attempts & more first-degree relatives who died by suicide than subjects who endorsed a religious affiliation. Unaffiliated subjects were younger, less often married, less often had children, & had less contact with family members. (45 refs)