Prevalence and Risk for Suicide Attempts in the Offspring of Borderline Patients
Mary C. Zanarini, Ed.D., Harvard Medical School/McClean Hospital
2018 Distinguished Investigator Grant
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.