Prevalence and correlates of suicidal behavior among adult female victims of intimate partner violence

Courtenay E. Cavanaugh, Jill Messing, Melissa Del-Colle, Chris O'Sullivan, Jacquelyn C. Campbell

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    Abstract

    The prevalence and correlates of suicidal threats and attempts among 662 racially and ethnically diverse adult female victims of intimate partner violence (IPV) were studied. One in five women had threatened or attempted suicide during her lifetime. They observed that multiple logistic regression results indicated that women at greater risk of severe or potentially lethal assaults as measured by the Danger Assessment and those who reported having a chronic or disabling illness were more likely to have threatened or attempted suicide. A linear association was found between age and suicide threats/attempts, with younger women having increased odds. Finally, African American IPV victims were less likely to have threatened or attempted suicide as compared to Latina victims. Study implications are discussed.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)372-383
    Number of pages12
    JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
    Volume41
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 2011

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Clinical Psychology
    • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
    • Psychiatry and Mental health

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