ERIC Number: EJ789668
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
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Investigation of a Developmental Model of Risk for Depression and Suicidality Following Spousal Bereavement
Johnson, Jeffrey G.; Zhang, Baohui; Prigerson, Holly G.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v38 n1 p1-12 Feb 2008
Data from a community-based multi-wave investigation were used to examine a developmental model of risk for depression and suicidality following the death of a spouse. Measures of perceived parental affection and control during childhood were administered to 218 widowed adults 11 months after the death of the spouse. Self-esteem, spousal dependency, depression, and suicidality were assessed 9 months later. Dependency on the deceased spouse mediated a significant association between retrospectively reported parental control during childhood and post-loss depressive symptoms. Depressive symptoms mediated significant associations of dependency on the deceased spouse and low self-esteem with suicidal ideation and behavior.
Descriptors: Parent Child Relationship, Widowed, Adults, Self Esteem, Family Relationship, Correlation, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Suicide, Children, Depression (Psychology), At Risk Persons, Grief, Spouses
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