New study links suicide attempt in parents to suicidal tendencies in offspring

December 31, 2014 12:13 PM

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Though it has long been proved that suicidal behavior runs in families, a research team at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA analyzed the reasons behind these tendencies being passed on from one generation to another. The findings of the study which have now been published on the journal JAMA Psychiatry now specify that attempts to suicide by either of the parents increases the odds of suicidal tendencies in offspring fivefold.

Nearly 1 million people across the United States inflict intentional harm on themselves every year, some among them intending to end their lives as well. Findings of an earlier study published in Medical News Today (in 2012) had found that young ones were more likely to attempt suicide within two ye...

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