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NCJ Number: 229810 Find in a Library
Title: History of Abuse and Current Suicidal Ideation: Results From a Population Based Survey
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:25  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:205-214
Author(s): Judy Calder; Aaron McVean; Wei Yang
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 10
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used data from the Washington State 2002 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to examine the relationship between a history of abuse and current suicidal ideation.
Abstract: The relationship between a history of physical or sexual abuse and current suicidal ideation was examined in the current study based on data from the Washington state 2002 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Out of the total sample of 4,081, 1,058 indicated they had experienced either physical or sexual abuse before the age of 18, 52 indicated they had experienced physical abuse in the past 12 months, and 210 indicated they had been forced to have sex since the age of 18. Additionally, 106 indicated they had seriously considered committing suicide in the past year. After controlling for such factors as age, gender, income, education, race, employment and marital status and the interactions between different abuse risk factors using multivariate logistic regression, results showed that a history of childhood physical (OR=2.31, 95 percent CI=1.364, 3.90) or sexual (OR=2.72, 95 percent CI=1.58, 4.67) abuse and adult physical (OR=27.30, 95 percent CI=11.64, 64.01) or sexual (OR=5.87, 95 percent CI=3.24, 10.63) abuse all were related to current suicidal ideation. Implications for future research are discussed. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Adolescent abuse; Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Assault and battery; Child abuse; Sexual assault; Sexual assault victims; Suicide; Suicide causes
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