Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a causal agent in many negative adulthood outcomes, including the risk for life-threatening behaviors such as suicide ideation and suicide attempts. Traumatic events such as CSA may pose risk in the healthy development of cognitive and emotional functioning during childhood. In fact, high impulsivity, a risk factor for suicidal behavior, is characteristic of CSA victims. The current study aims to understand the relations among CSA, impulsivity, and frequency of lifetime suicide attempts among a female patient sample admitted for suicidal behavior. Participants included 177 female patients between the ages of 18 and 63 years admitted at two hospitals in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Number of previous suicide attempts and CSA were assessed via structured interviews, while impulsivity was assessed with the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11). A model of structural equations was employed to evaluate the role of impulsivity in the relation between CSA and suicide attempts. CSA (β = .18, p < .05) and impulsivity (β = .24, p < .05) were associated with the number of previous suicide attempts. However, impulsivity was not significantly associated with CSA (β = .09, p > .05). CSA and impulsivity are independently associated with lifetime suicide attempts among female patients with recent suicidal behavior.
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Child Abuse and Neglect|
|State||Published - Aug 1 2016|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Supported in part by a grant of the University of Buenos Aires ( UBACYT 2013-2016: 20020120300022BA code Exp-UBA 17,064/2012) and by a grant from Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina ( PIDC-2012-0064 ).
© 2016 Elsevier Ltd
- Child sexual abuse
- Suicide attempts
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health