Parental suicide attempt and offspring self-harm and suicidal thoughts: Results from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) birth cohort

May, 2014

This paper explores the correlation between parental suicide attempts and self-harm and suicidal thoughts in their children.


Parental suicidal behavior is associated with offspring's risk of suicidal behavior. However, much of the available evidence is from population registers or clinical samples. We investigated the associations of self-reported parental suicide attempt (SA) with offspring self-harm and suicidal thoughts in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), a prospective birth cohort. Parental SA was self-reported on 10 occasions from pregnancy until their child was 11 years of age. Offspring self-reported lifetime self-harm, with and without suicidal intent, suicidal thoughts, and suicide plans, at age 16 to 17 years. Multivariable regression models quantified the association between parental SA and offspring outcomes controlling for confounders.

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Geulayov G, Metcalfe C and Gunnell D. OP64 Parental Suicide Attempt and Offspring Self-Harm and Suicidal Thoughts: Results from the Alspac Birth Cohort. J Epidemiol Community Health 2012; 66: A25-A25.

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