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Parents' Divorce May Contribute to Suicidal Thoughts Years Later

Compared to adults, children with divorced parents are more likely to seriously consider suicide when they grow up. A study looked at more than 6,600 adults, including close to 700 who were younger than 18 when their parents divorced.

The researchers found that divorced parents affected men and women differently. Men whose parents divorced were three times more likely to seriously consider suicide, while women whose parents divorces were 83 percent more likely to have suicidal thoughts.

USA Today reports:

"The connection between divorce and suicidal ideation was particularly strong for men who grew up in families with childhood stressors, such as physical abuse, parental addiction and parental unemployment. The link between parental divorce and suicidal ideation was no longer significant among women who did not experience these childhood stressors. But even without these stressors, adult men who were children when their parents divorced still had a twofold increased risk of suicidal ideation".