Risk for Suicide and the Role of Family: A Narrative Review

Laura M. Frey, Julie Cerel

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Limited research exists that examines the contribution of family factors to the development and treatment of suicide. Although suicidal behavior occurs within an individual, the context in which it occurs can add necessary insights for understanding and preventing suicide. In this article, the existing literature on the family’s psychosocial role in the development of suicidal behavior is reviewed. Additionally, a review of the limited research on the family’s role in treatment following a suicidal action is provided. Finally, several directions for future research and clinical work are discussed to enhance our understanding of the family’s role in preventing suicide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)716-736
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Family Issues
Issue number6
StatePublished - May 9 2015

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  • death/bereavement
  • family demography
  • family health
  • family processes
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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