ERIC Number: EJ833211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Correlates of Serious Suicidal Ideation and Attempts in Female Adult Sexual Assault Survivors
Ullman, Sarah E.; Najdowski, Cynthia J.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v39 n1 p47-57 Feb 2009
Relations between (a) serious suicidal ideation and attempts and (b) demographics, trauma history, assault characteristics, post-assault outcomes, and psychosocial variables were examined among female adult sexual assault survivors. Younger, minority, and bisexual survivors reported greater ideation. More traumas, drug use, and assault disclosure related to greater attempts, whereas perceived control over recovery was related to fewer attempts. Child sexual abuse and some assault characteristics predicted suicidal behavior. Depression was related to suicidal behavior until psychosocial variables were accounted for. Specifically, using substances to cope and self-blame predicted greater ideation, whereas receiving aid/information support was related to less ideation. Implications for research and treatment are discussed.
Descriptors: Suicide, Females, Adults, Victims of Crime, Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse, Drug Use, Depression (Psychology), Correlation, Age Differences, Minority Groups, Sexual Identity, Disclosure, Self Esteem, Predictor Variables
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