Topic: Do children from divorced homes have a higher risk of substance abuse and suicide?
“The influences of parental divorce and alcohol abuse on adult offspring lifetime suicide attempt
have not been examined in national data. This study analyzed data from the 2001–2002
NESARC to estimate main and interaction effects of parental divorce and alcohol abuse on
lifetime suicide attempt. Adjusted for controls, parental divorce and parental alcohol abuse
independently increased odds of lifetime suicide attempt. The effect of parental divorce was not
significantly moderated by parental alcohol abuse. Further research is needed to examine
whether additional parental and offspring psychiatric and substance use covariates attenuate the
association between parental divorce and lifetime suicide attempt. (PsycINFO Database Record
(c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)”
As the abstract states, this is a study on the lifelong risks of substance abuse and suicide attempts
in kids from divorced homes. The study goes into more depth at the underlying factors that
parent plays in their child’s formative years and if that parent has a substance abuse problem or a
history of depression or mental illness, then the child has a higher risk of carrying this on into
their adult life. Furthermore, the absence of one or both parents in the child’s life can lead to
emotional issues as well. This study uses areas of focus such as samples, measures, offspring
lifetime suicide attempts, parental divorce, parental alcohol abuse, parental depression, offspring
alcohol abuse, offspring sociodemographic characteristics, offspring depression, and statistical
analysis to create a robust research.
This is an important topic that needs to be addressed as it deals with not only the substance abuse
problem that is plaguing our youth but also the mental illnesses that is driving suicide rates up to
historically high numbers.
Alonzo, D., Thompson, R., Stohl, M., & Hasin, D. (2014). The influence of parental divorce and
alcohol abuse on adult offspring risk of lifetime suicide attempt in the united states. American
Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Vol 84(3), May, 2014. pp. 316-320.
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