Influence of traumatic grief on suicidal ideation among young adults

Holly G. Prigerson, Jeffrey Bridge, Paul K. Maciejewski, Laurel C. Beery, Robert A. Rosenheck, Selby C. Jacobs, Andrew J. Bierhals, David J. Kupfer, David A. Brent

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of traumatic grief on suicidal ideation. Method: The Beck-Kovacs Scale for Suicidal Ideation was administered to 76 young adult friends of suicide victims. Results: Traumatic grief was associated with a 5.08 times greater likelihood of suicidal ideation, after control for depression. Comorbid traumatic grief and depression were not associated with a greater likelihood of suicidal ideation. Conclusions: Syndromal traumatic grief heightens vulnerability to suicidal ideation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1994-1995
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1999


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