The impact of parental suicide on child and adolescent offspring

S. Janet Kuramoto, David A. Brent, Holly C. Wilcox

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-151
Number of pages15
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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