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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1998 May;186(5):269-75.

Suicidal children grow up: relations between family psychopathology and adolescents' lifetime suicidal behavior.

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Department of Psychiatry, Cornell University Medical College, New York Hospital-Westchester Division, White Plains 10605, USA.


Standard family history and family study methods were used with 650 first- and 1174 second-degree biological relatives of 133 adolescents who were studied initially 6 to 8 years ago. They included 69 prepubertal children considered at risk for suicidal behavior and 64 prepubertal children selected from the community. This study aimed to identify relationships between family psychopathology and adolescents' lifetime history of suicidal states. Family discord, suicide attempts of mother, and substance abuse of mothers and fathers were significantly more prevalent among adolescents with lifetime history of a suicide attempt. Mothers' and fathers' substance abuse was associated with adolescents' lifetime history of suicidal ideation. Results highlight importance of evaluating and treating family psychopathology to reduce risk for youth suicidal states.

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