Year: 2013 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.(2011).41(2):117Ð125. DOI: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00024.x SIEC No: 20130522

The suicide of a related person can often induce severe negative emotional reactions. The objective of this study was to explore the relationships between sociodemographic and diagnostic data of suicides and survivorsÕ emotions and to close this substantial gap. The main outcome of this study was that survivorsÕ severity of emotional disturbance was inversely correlated with age of suicides. In the multivariable approach, only age remained related to the majority of the assessed survivorsÕ emotions, whereas other characteristics, such as gender, presence of psychiatric disorder, or suicide method were not associated with survivorsÕ emotions. Age had a dominant impact on the relationship between suicidesÕ characteristics and survivorsÕ emotional reactions and supersedes the effect of most suicidesÕ characteristics including diagnoses.