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Suicidality among preadolescent maltreated children in foster care

Taussig, Heather N., Harpin, Scott B. and Maguire, Sabine 2014. Suicidality among preadolescent maltreated children in foster care. Child Maltreatment 19 (1) , pp. 17-26. 10.1177/1077559514525503

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Abstract

This study sought to determine the prevalence of suicidal ideation, plans, and attempts among 515 preadolescent (aged 9–11 years) maltreated children who entered foster care within the prior year. Over a quarter (26.4%) of the children had a history of suicidality according to their own and/or their caregiver’s report, 4.1% of whom were imminently suicidal. In bivariate analyses, children at higher risk of suicidality tended to be younger, non-Hispanic, abused, and to have experienced multiple types of maltreatment, more referrals to child welfare, more household transitions, and a longer length of time in foster care. There were no gender differences. Multiple regression analyses found physical abuse and chronicity of maltreatment to be the most robust predictors of suicidality. It is critically important that these high-risk children are screened for suicidality before adolescence and that caregivers and professionals are informed of their risk status so that they may implement mental health treatment, monitoring, and harm reduction measures.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 1077-5595
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2019 13:59
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/79530

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