Year: 1996 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.2, no.3, (1996), p.183-195 SIEC No: 19960226

This pilot study investigated associations between adolescents’ reported sexual abuse & depression, suicide thoughts & attempts, & family dysfunction. Compared with non-abused adolescents from dysfunctional families, adolescents claiming abuse had more than 6 times the relative risk for attempts. Findings appear to confirm sexual abuse as a risk factor & suggest that sexual abuse may be more influential in the development of suicidal behaviors than the context of family dysfunction.