Influence of traumatic grief on suicidal ideation among young adults

Am J Psychiatry. 1999 Dec;156(12):1994-5. doi: 10.1176/ajp.156.12.1994.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bereavement
  • Comorbidity
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Female
  • Grief*
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Pennsylvania / epidemiology
  • Personality Inventory
  • Regression Analysis
  • Social Support
  • Suicide / psychology*
  • Suicide / statistics & numerical data