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.