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Intimate partner abuse and suicidality: A systematic review

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McLaughlin J, O'Carroll R & O'Connor R (2012) Intimate partner abuse and suicidality: A systematic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 32 (8), pp. 677-689. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2012.08.002

Abstract
Research has demonstrated an association between intimate partner abuse and suicidality, presenting a serious mental health issue. However, studies have differed widely in the samples and methods employed, and in the depth of the investigation. Given the level of heterogeneity in the literature, this systematic review examines, for the first time, the nature of the relationship between intimate partner abuse and suicidality. The three main psychological and medical databases (PsychInfo 1887-March 2011; Medline, 1966-March 2011; Web of Knowledge 1981-March 2011) were searched. Thirty-seven papers on the topic of intimate partner abuse and suicidality were found. With only one exception, all of the studies found a strong and consistent association between intimate partner abuse and suicidality. Significantly, this relationship held irrespective of study design, sample and measurement of abuse and suicidality, thus demonstrating a consistently strong relationship between intimate partner abuse and suicidality. This review highlights that intimate partner abuse is a significant risk factor for suicidal thoughts and behaviours, which has important clinical implications.

Keywords
Intimate partner abuse; Suicidal ideation; Suicidality; Review

Journal
Clinical Psychology Review: Volume 32, Issue 8

StatusPublished
Author(s)McLaughlin, Jennifer; O'Carroll, Ronan; O'Connor, Rory
Publication date31/12/2012
Date accepted by journal25/08/2012
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/10032
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0272-7358

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