What is the role of family history in the development of suicidal behaviors?

Updated: Sep 25, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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A family history of suicidal behavior represents a significant risk factor for the same behavior in offspring. Researchers determined that the association is stronger with maternal suicidal behavior versus paternal suicidal behavior and that the risk is increased more in children than in adolescents or adults. [43]


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