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.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Professional Psychology Research and Practice|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- EMERGENCY ROOM PATIENTS
- SEXUAL ABUSE
- PHYSICAL ABUSE