Factors associated with suicidal ideation among women abused in intimate partner relationships

Lynette M. Renner, Martha J. Markward

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Abstract

This study examines factors associated with suicidal ideation among women abused in intimate partner relationships. Data were collected from the case records of 95 women screened upon in-person contact with admissions workers in a domestic violence shelter in one Midwestern state. Forty-three percent of the women reported suicidal ideation as significantly associated with childhood sexual abuse, childhood physical abuse, and adulthood intimate partner abuse lasting fewer than 12 months in duration. The results have policy and practice implications for those interested in the mental health needs of women abused in childhood and adulthood. Implications for research are presented that more precisely identify how the effects of past and current traumatic experiences intersect and contribute to suicidal ideation among women abused in intimate relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-154
Number of pages16
JournalSmith College Studies in Social Work
Volume79
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2009

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Copyright 2009 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Child abuse
  • Child maltreatment
  • Domestic violence
  • Mental health
  • Relationship violence
  • Suicidal thought

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