This research was supported by a grant from NIAAA #13455 to Sarah Ullman. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 2008 American Association of Suicidology meeting in Boston, MA.
Correlates of Serious Suicidal Ideation and Attempts in Female Adult Sexual Assault Survivors
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2011
2009 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 39, Issue 1, pages 47–57, February 2009
How to Cite
Ullman, S. E. and Najdowski, C. J. (2009), Correlates of Serious Suicidal Ideation and Attempts in Female Adult Sexual Assault Survivors. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 39: 47–57. doi: 10.1521/suli.2009.39.1.47
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: October 22, 2007 Revision Accepted: June 25, 2008
Relations between (a) serious suicidal ideation and attempts and (b) demographics, trauma history, assault characteristics, post-assault outcomes, and psy-chosocial 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.