Current suicide ideation and prior suicide attempts of bipolar patients as influences on caregiver burden.

TitleCurrent suicide ideation and prior suicide attempts of bipolar patients as influences on caregiver burden.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsChessick, CA, Perlick DA, Miklowitz DJ, Kaczynski R, Allen MH, Morris CD, Marangell LB
Corporate AuthorsSTED-BD Family Experience Collaborative Study Group
JournalSuicide & life-threatening behavior
Volume37
Issue4
Pagination482-91
Date Published2007 Aug
ISSN0363-0234
KeywordsAdolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Bipolar disorder, Caregivers, Family Health, Female, Health Status, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Recurrence, Suicide, Suicide, Attempted
Abstract

We examined whether caregivers of bipolar patients reporting current suicidal ideation and/or a history of a suicide attempt reported higher levels of burden and/or poorer health compared to caregivers of patients without these suicidality indices. In a cross-sectional design, caregivers (N = 480) associated with (a) patients with current suicidal ideation or (b) patients with a positive lifetime history of at least one suicide attempt, reported lower general health scores than caregivers associated with patients with neither of these indices. Parents of patients with at least one lifetime attempt reported more burden secondary to role dysfunction than spouses. Levels of depression in caregivers varied with whether the caregiver was a spouse or a parent, and whether patients had a history of suicide attempts, current suicidal ideation, or both.

DOI10.1038/npp.2011.192
Alternate JournalSuicide Life Threat Behav