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ERIC Number: EJ927723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0021-9630
Young People's Risk of Suicide Attempts in Relation to Parental Death: A Population-Based Register Study
Jakobsen, Ida Skytte; Christiansen, Erik
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, v52 n2 p176-183 Feb 2011
Background: The objective of this study was to examine the association between the death of a biological parent and subsequent suicide attempts by young people (aged 10-22 years), and to explore sociodemographic factors as modifying factors in the process. Methods: The study used a nested case-control design. The full study population was obtained from the Danish longitudinal registers and included all individuals born between 1983 and 1989 (n = 403,431 individuals). The 3,465 registered suicide attempters from that group were matched with 75,300 population-based control subjects. Potentially confounding variables including age and gender were controlled for by conditional logistic regression analyses. Results: The findings indicated that young people who had lost one biological parent showed a significantly increased risk of attempting suicide (relative risk = 1.71, 95% confidence interval = 1.49-1.96). Losing the remaining parent nearly doubled the risk (relative risk = 2.7, 95% confidence interval = 1.48-5.06). Conclusion: Experiencing the death of one or both biological parents increased the risk of suicide attempts in young people. Relative risk was moderated by high income of the father.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark