Preliminary report on childhood sexual abuse, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts among middle-aged and older depressed women

Nancy L. Talbot, Paul R. Duberstein, Christopher Cox, Diane Denning, Yeates Conwell

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Abstract

Objective: Authors examined the relationship between childhood sexual abuse histories and suicidal ideation and behavior among depressed women age 50 years and older. Methods: After admission to a psychiatric unit, participants were administered the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R and measures of suicidal ideation and behavior. Results: Women who reported abuse histories were more likely to report suicidal ideation at the time of hospitalization and a history of multiple suicide attempts. Conclusions: These preliminary findings underscore the need for more study of how childhood abuse amplifies risk for suicidal ideation and behavior among women across the life course.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)536-538
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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