1.51 Mom’s Suicide May Raise Child’s Odds for Later Suicide Attempt, Oct 21, 2010, Health Day News
New research out of Sweden suggests that a mother’s suicide may influence the risk for later suicide attempts in her children, even more so than the suicide of a father.
The research doesn’t prove that suicides by parents, either the mother or the father, causes offspring to face a higher risk of trying to kill themselves. And the researchers noted that the number of offspring in the study who ended up hospitalized after a suicide attempt was small.
Still, “pediatricians, surviving parents and educators should be aware of the possible risk and provide appropriate referral sources for these children as needed,” said study lead author S. Janet Kuramoto, a graduate student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Read the entire article about the study at www.healthfinder.gov.