Year: 2005 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.162, no.9, (September 2005), p.1665-1671 SIEC No: 20060897

This German study evaluated the associations between suicidal ideation & suicide attempts in mothers & various aspects of suicidality in their offspring in a representative community sample. Results are based on 933 adolescents who completed follow-up & for whom direct diagnostic information for the biological mother was available. Compared to offspring of mothers without suicidality, offspring of mothers reporting suicide attempts showed a remarkably higher risk for suicidal thoughts & attempts & a tendency toward suicide attempts at an earlier age. (57 refs.)