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5-Fold Increase in Suicide Risk in Kids With Parent's History of Suicide Attempts

by Himabindu Venkatakrishnan on December 31, 2014 at 10:00 PM
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 5-Fold Increase in Suicide Risk in Kids With Parent's History of Suicide Attempts

Suicide attempt by a parent increases the odds nearly 5-fold that their child would attempt suicide, reveals a new study.

The researchers found a direct effect of a parent's suicide attempt on a suicide attempt by their child, even after researchers took into account a history of previous suicide attempt by the offspring and a familial transmission of mood disorder.

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David A. Brent, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pennsylvania, said that Impulsive aggression was an important precursor of mood disorder and could be targeted in interventions designed to prevent youth at high familial risk from making a suicide attempt.

Source: ANI
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