Year: 2003 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.7, no.1, (2003), p.83-91 SIEC No: 20040130

This article reviews the research on the relationship between a reported history of sexual abuse & subsequent suicidal behavior. Based on this review, it is suggested that a conclusion that childhood sexual abuse (CSA) is a significant risk factor for subsequent suicidal ideation, attempts, & completion is premature. Identified limitations of the existing research include the lack of consistency in definitions of CSA & suicidality, issues related to sample section & causality interpretations, & the absence of theoretical grounding. (43 refs)