ERIC Number: EJ843893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
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The Impact of Parental Suicide on Child and Adolescent Offspring
Kuramoto, S. Janet; Brent, David A.; Wilcox, Holly C.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v39 n2 p137-151 Apr 2009
Child and adolescent survivors of parental suicide experience two stressful events simultaneously: (1) the loss of a primary caregiver, and (2) suicidal death of a significant person. These youths are thought to be at increased risk for mental health problems, but a systematic review of studies on these survivors has not yet been conducted. A comprehensive search for published literature identified nine studies. The existent studies provided modest yet inconsistent evidence on the impact of parental suicide on offspring psychiatric and psychosocial outcomes. More methodologically rigorous research is needed to inform and guide postvention efforts for these survivors.
Descriptors: Suicide, Adolescents, Program Effectiveness, Parent Influence, Children, Stress Variables, Grief, At Risk Persons, Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Literature Reviews
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