Year: 2007 Source: Archives of Suicide Research, v.11, no.4, (2007), p.321-326 SIEC No: 20080352

This study examined concordance between patient & informant reports of childhood sexual abuse in a sample od depressed patients 50 years & older. 88 pairs of patients & informants independently responded to items from the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire. Informants’ reports of patients’ severe sexual abuse histories were in high agreement with patients’ reports; concordance was significantly lower, however, for milder forms of sexual abuse. Findings demonstrate the feasibility & limitations of collecting sensitive information about patients’ early life experiences in research designs utilizing informant report, including postmortem studies of suicide that use psychological autopsy methods. (16 refs.)