Year: 2002 Source: Journal of Traumatic Stress, v.15, no.1, (February 2002), p.9-16 SIEC No: 20110066

Relationships between traumatic life events & suicide risk were studied in 2 samples of jail inmates, 216 with low suicide risk & 51 with high suicide risk. Suicidal inmates reported a higher prevalence of traumatic life events, including more episodes of sexual abuse, physical maltreatment, emotional maltreatment, abandonment, & suicide attempts by significant others. They also had experienced more traumatic life events during childhood, later life, & detention. Suicide risk is concluded to be dependent on the type of life event, the timing of the event, & the type of persons involved in the event. (54 refs.) JA

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