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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. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)


Ullman, S. E., & Najdowski, C. J. (2009). Correlates of suicidal ideation and attempts in female sexual assault survivors. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 39(1), 47-57.

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