Perception of rejecting and neglectful parenting in childhood relates to lifetime suicide attempts for females – but not for males
Article first published online: 19 NOV 2007
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 117, Issue 1, pages 50–56, January 2008
How to Cite
Ehnvall, A., Parker, G., Hadzi-Pavlovic, D. and Malhi, G. (2008), Perception of rejecting and neglectful parenting in childhood relates to lifetime suicide attempts for females – but not for males. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 117: 50–56. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2007.01124.x
- Issue published online: 19 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 19 NOV 2007
- Accepted for publication October 10, 2007
- suicide attempts;
- treatment-refractory depression;
- parental rejection;
- parental neglect;
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.