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Prevalence and Risk for Suicide Attempts in the Offspring of Borderline Patients

2018 Distinguished Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $124,998
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Mary C. Zanarini, Ed.D.
Harvard Medical School/McClean Hospital

Inside the Research

Question: Are adult children of parents with borderline personality disorder and suicidal behavior at greater risk for suicidal behavior?

Strategy: Adult offspring of parents who have borderline personality disorder and participated in the 25-year McLean Study of Adult Development will be interviewed about their mental health and suicidal attempt history.  Offspring who have made a suicide attempt will be studied in terms of parental suicidal behavior and contributing factors.

Impact: Greater understanding of suicide risk and potential for early identification.