Boys of Divorced Parents Face 3X Risk of Suicide


From USA Today:

“Adults who were children when their parents divorced are more likely to seriously consider suicide than adults who grew up in intact families, according to a new study.

“…Men whose parents divorced when they were children were three times more likely to seriously consider suicide (suicidal ideation) than other men. Adult daughters of divorced parents were 83% more likely to have suicidal thoughts than those whose parents stayed married.”

The new study was authored by Esme Fuller-Thompson at the University of Toronto and the full report is available online here (for a fee). From the press release:

“’The association between parental divorce and suicidal thoughts in men was unexpectedly strong, even when we adjusted for other childhood and adult stressors, socioeconomic status, depression and anxiety,’ says lead author Esme Fuller-Thomson.”