K. L. Falb's time was partially supported by MCHB grant number 5T76 MC 00001 (formerly MCJ201). The authors would like to thank the American Refugee Committee–Thailand, specifically Gary Dahl, Yoriko Jinno, Damarice Ager, Lara Hendy, Catherine Carlson, and program staff for their leadership and commitment to the study. We are also grateful to the refugee women who participated in the survey.
Suicide Ideation and Victimization Among Refugee Women Along the Thai–Burma Border
Article first published online: 13 SEP 2013
Copyright © 2013 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 26, Issue 5, pages 631–635, October 2013
How to Cite
Falb, K. L., McCormick, M. C., Hemenway, D., Anfinson, K. and Silverman, J. G. (2013), Suicide Ideation and Victimization Among Refugee Women Along the Thai–Burma Border. J. Traum. Stress, 26: 631–635. doi: 10.1002/jts.21846
- Issue published online: 22 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 13 SEP 2013
- MCHB. Grant Number: 5T76 MC 00001
Refugee women may experience multiple forms of victimization. The hypotheses underlying the present analyses were that experiences of victimization during conflict and intimate partner violence (IPV) would be associated with heightened odds of suicide ideation among refugee women living in 3 camps along the Thai–Burma border. Descriptive statistics were generated to describe the prevalence of conflict victimization, past-year IPV victimization, past-month suicide ideation, and covariates among partnered women with complete data (N = 848) from a cross-sectional survey conducted in early 2008. Logistic generalized estimating equations were used to assess the crude and adjusted relationships between variables. The mean age of women was 32.12 years, 91.0% were married, and 78.8% were of Karen ethnicity. Overall, 7.4% of women reported past-month suicide ideation. Of those women who did not experience any victimization or conflict victimization only, 5.1% and 5.2% reported suicide ideation, respectively. By contrast 26.7% of women who experienced only IPV victimization reported suicide ideation, and 50.0% of women who experienced both forms of victimization reported suicide ideation. Understanding each form of violence victimization and their relationships to suicide ideation may be important for targeting psychosocial services and violence prevention programs within protracted refugee settings.
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