Assessing suicidality in adults: Integrating childhood trauma as a major risk factor.

J. Read, K. Agar, S. Barker-Collo, E. Davies, Andrew Moskowitz

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    Abstract

    Can knowing whether an adult client was abused as a child assist psychologists when assessing suicidality? Reviewing the files of 200 outpatients revealed, in keeping with previous studies, that child abuse was related not only to previous psychiatric admissions and younger age at first treatment and first admission, but also to past and present suicidality. Current suicidality was predicted better by child sexual abuse (experienced on average 20 years previously) than by a current diagnosis of depression. Evidence that abuse histories are not routinely taken, and recommendations for why, and how, taking abuse histories should be integrated into suicide assessment and treatment, are presented.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)367-372
    Number of pages5
    JournalProfessional Psychology Research and Practice
    Volume32
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Keywords

    • EMERGENCY ROOM PATIENTS
    • SEXUAL ABUSE
    • PSYCHIATRIC-INPATIENTS
    • MENTAL-HEALTH
    • PHYSICAL ABUSE
    • BEHAVIOR
    • HISTORY
    • WOMEN
    • PREVALENCE
    • VICTIMIZATION

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