Children of religious parents are less likely to commit suicide

According to the research, children from a family with religious parents are less likely to commit suicide. A 30-year study found that children's religious beliefs are irrelevant and unrelated to suicidal behavior (Stock Image)

According to research, children with religious parents are less likely to commit suicide.

A 30-year study examined three generations of families and found a link between spiritual fathers, who were primarily Christians, and suicide rates in their children.

Children with religious parents were less likely to end their lives than those whose parents were not believers, the study found.

The spirituality of the parents had a greater impact than any other factor, including the gender of the parents, the divorce rates and the depression of the parents.

According to the researchers, the positive impact of religious parents occurs regardless of whether the children are believers.

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According to the research, children from a family with religious parents are less likely to commit suicide. A 30-year study found that children's religious beliefs are irrelevant and unrelated to suicidal behavior (Stock Image)

According to the research, children from a family with religious parents are less likely to commit suicide. A 30-year study found that children's religious beliefs are irrelevant and unrelated to suicidal behavior (Stock Image)

Suicide is a primary cause of death among women aged 15 to 19 in the United States, the research reveals.

But despite this, religious and spiritual beliefs have received less attention in previous research that examined the risk factors for child and adolescent suicide.

This led researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center to examine the impact of spirituality over multiple generations to determine whether it had any effect on the suicide rate among adolescents.

The research was led by Dr. Priya Wickramaratne, who observed 214 children between the ages of six and 18 from 112 nuclear families.

The majority of these families were white and Christian (85 percent), and four out of five parents (80 percent) were married or remarried.

The study used data from children and adolescents whose parents had a high or low risk of major depressive disorder.

The researchers identified high or low risk candidates according to the tendency of their grandparents to be depressed.

The study found that a greater belief of parents in the importance of religion was associated with a lower risk of suicidal behavior in their children.

According to the researchers: "Although the role of the descendants 'own religiosity in their suicidal behavior has been limited, as far as we know, there have been no studies that examine the contribution of the parents' own religiosity to the suicidal behavior of the descendants.

"Previous studies have shown positive associations of parental religiosity in the physical and mental outcomes of children."

This study used data from children and adolescents whose parents had a high or low risk of major depressive disorder due to the tendency of their grandparents to be depressed. They found a link between parents with a strong religious belief and their children with suicidal thoughts and actions (stock)

This study used data from children and adolescents whose parents had a high or low risk of major depressive disorder due to the tendency of their grandparents to be depressed. They found a link between parents with a strong religious belief and their children with suicidal thoughts and actions (stock)

This study used data from children and adolescents whose parents had a high or low risk of major depressive disorder due to the tendency of their grandparents to be depressed. They found a link between parents with a strong religious belief and their children with suicidal thoughts and actions (stock)

The study recorded both the psychiatric diagnoses of parents and children and suicidal behaviors, as well as two measures of religiosity: importance and assistance.

Attendance at the religious service was determined by the answers to the question: How often, if at all, do you attend church, synagogue or other religious or spiritual services?

The multiple choice question had the possible answers once a week or more, approximately once a month, once or twice a year, less than once a year or never.

Religious importance was measured by the answers to the question: "How important is religion or spirituality to you?"

The answers to this varied from highly important to nothing important.

The study also allowed researchers to examine the relationship between the religiosity of the parents by the sex of the parents, as well as the sex of the offspring.

However, no significant differences were found in the importance of religion in the offspring or in the parents according to their sex.

Similarly, attendance at religious services did not differ according to descent or sex between parents.

The full investigation was published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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WHY IS THE STUDENT SUICIDE RATE INCREASING?

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics last month revealed that suicide among college students is higher than it was a decade ago.

The data also indicate significantly higher suicide rates for male students than for their female peers.

The activists said they wanted to understand why there has been an increase and who is at greater risk.

Overall, there were 95 deaths in 2016/17, which is equivalent to a rate of 4.7 deaths per 100,000 higher education students, according to statistics.

In 2006/07, there were 77 deaths, a rate of 3.8 per 100,000.

The experimental statistics, covering England and Wales, show that suicide rates among students have not increased steadily year after year.

Rates for students are lower than those for the general population, the ONS said.

They also cover only those in higher education and not, for example, those in higher education.

A breakdown shows that among male students, there were 61 deaths in 2016/17, a rate of 6.9 per 100,000, while for women there were 34, a rate of three per 100,000.

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