Adolescent Parenthood and Offspring Suicide Attempts in Adolescence

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Volume 7, 4 Issues, 2017

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Adolescent Psychiatry

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Adolescent Parenthood and Offspring Suicide Attempts in Adolescence

Adolescent Psychiatry, 2(4): 345-349.

Author(s): Nikos Zilikis, Tatiana Tairi, Grigoris Abatzoglou and Apostolos Iacovides.

Affiliation: Adolescent Unit, 41 Alex. Svolou Street, 54621 Thessaloniki, GREECE.


Background: Adolescent motherhood has been found to be associated with offspring suicidal behaviour in adolescence in a few cohort and general population studies.

Aims: To examine this association in a clinical adolescent population.

Method: As part of a continuing study on attempted suicide among adolescents in Northern Greece, 160 cases were examined and compared to a same size general clinical population (all diagnoses except attempted suicide). Comparisons were also made with general population data.

Results: The suicidal adolescents were statistically more likely to have been born to a teen mother or to a mother who gave birth to her first child before the age of twenty. We found that 16.3percent of the suicidal adolescents’ mothers were aged ≤19 at their suicidal offspring’s birth, while 34.4 percent were ≤19 at first childbirth. Corresponding rates in the general clinical population were 5.6% and 17.5% respectively. Rates of teen childbirth appear dramatically higher in the mothers of suicidal adolescents compared to those in the general population in Greece.

Conclusions: Our findings suggest that teenage motherhood should be studied more systematically in its association to offspring suicidal behaviour in adolescence.


Adolescent suicide attempts, adolescent parenthood, risk factors.

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Article Details

Volume: 2
Issue Number: 4
First Page: 345
Last Page: 349
Page Count: 5
DOI: 10.2174/2210676611202040345
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