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    Suicidal histories in adults experiencing psychological trauma: exploring vulnerability and protective factors

    Grandison, Graeme and Karatzias, Thanos and Fyvie, Claire and Hyland, Philip and O'Connor, Rory C. and Dickson, Adele (2020) Suicidal histories in adults experiencing psychological trauma: exploring vulnerability and protective factors. Archives of Suicide Research. ISSN 1543-6136

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    Objective: This study aimed to identify vulnerability and protective factors for suicidal histories among adults experiencing psychological trauma. Method: Adults seeking treatment for psychological trauma (N = 113) completed self-report questionnaires measuring childhood trauma history, self-concept, relational functioning, emotion regulation, living arrangements, employment status, marital status, and suicidal history. Independent samples t-tests were used to determine variables on which those with and without suicidal histories differed significantly. These variables were then entered into a binary logistic regression model to identify factors which independently distinguished between those with and without a suicidal history. Results: Univariate differences were found for childhood emotional abuse (CEA), childhood emotional neglect (CEN), emotion deactivation, and employment status, with those in the suicidal history group scoring higher on all of these. CEA (OR = 1.13, 95% CI = 1.01–1.27) and employment status (OR = 4.12, 95% CI = 1.23–13.73) remained significant predictors of suicidal status in the multivariable logistic regression. Conclusions: CEA was an independent vulnerability factor for suicidal risk, highlighting the need for clinicians to assess exposure to such trauma in those presenting with proximal traumatic experiences. Being in employment was an independent protective factor against suicidal risk, highlighting the importance of social buffers or networks when faced with traumatic situations.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Cite as: Graeme Grandison, Thanos Karatzias, Claire Fyvie, Philip Hyland, Rory C. O’Connor & Adele Dickson (2020) Suicidal Histories in Adults Experiencing Psychological Trauma: Exploring Vulnerability and Protective Factors, Archives of Suicide Research, DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2020.1758262
    Keywords: Childhood trauma; emotional abuse; unemployment; suicidal;
    Academic Unit: Assisting Living & Learning,ALL institute
    Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 15152
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    Depositing User: Philip Hyland
    Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2021 16:04
    Journal or Publication Title: Archives of Suicide Research
    Publisher: Routledge and International Academy of Suicide Research (IASR)
    Refereed: No
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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