Parental rearing patterns and suicidal thoughts

M. W. Ross, J. R. Clayer, R. L. Campbell

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ABSTRACT– In an attempt to investigate the parental rearing patterns associated with presence of suicidal thoughts, a measure of child rearing patterns (EMBU) and the EPQ measure of personality dimensions were administered to 85 university students, 72 medical and surgical patients, and 125 employees of a state department, along with two questions tapping suicidal thoughts. Results indicated that those with suicidal ideation had parents who had separated more often than controls, and that parental rearing of those with suicidal thoughts included parents who favoured siblings rather than subject, were unstimulating, guilt‐engendering, rejecting and unaffectionate. Fathers were more abusive and punitive. These findings suggest that suicidal thoughts may be related to rejection and lack of self‐esteem, and that therapy which focuses on resolving parental rejection may be of some use in patients with suicidal ideation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-433
Number of pages5
JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1983


  • EMBU
  • EPQ
  • Parental rearing
  • suicide


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