alexa Perception of rejecting and neglectful parenting in childhood relates to lifetime suicide attempts for females--but not for males.


Journal of Depression and Anxiety

Author(s): Ehnvall A, Parker G, HadziPavlovic D, Malhi G, Ehnvall A, Parker G, HadziPavlovic D, Malhi G

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Abstract OBJECTIVE: To examine the hypothesis that lifetime suicide attempts in a sample of depressed individuals is greater among those who remember their parents as rejecting or neglecting in childhood. METHOD: Database analyses of patients referred to a public hospital Mood Disorders Unit in Sydney, over a consecutive 10-year period. Patients met DSM-IV criteria for depression, had completed a self-report questionnaire regarding perception of parental rearing, and had responded to a probe question assessing lifetime suicide attempts (n = 343). RESULTS: Female patients who perceived themselves as rejected/neglected by either parent in childhood had a greater chance of making at least one lifetime suicide attempt. No such associations were found for males. CONCLUSION: Perception of rejecting/neglectful parents was associated with lifetime suicide attempts in females only, inviting research explicating any such gender specificity. This article was published in Acta Psychiatr Scand and referenced in Journal of Depression and Anxiety

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