CitationAmmerman, Brooke A.; Serang, Sarfaraz; Jacobucci, Ross; Burke, Taylor A.; Alloy, Lauren B.; & McCloskey, Michael S. (2018). Exploratory analysis of mediators of the relationship between childhood maltreatment and suicidal behavior. Journal of Adolescence. vol. 69 pp. 103-112
AbstractIntroduction Suicide is a major public health concern. One consistently cited risk factor for suicide is childhood maltreatment, which also may play a role in the transition from suicidal ideation to suicidal behavior. Method The current study aimed to examine the relationship between childhood maltreatment and suicide attempts during adolescence (N = 4834; 52.1% female; 67.5% Caucasian). Data from the U.S. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health were utilized. Forty-six theoretically-relevant risk factors were explored as potential mediators of this relationship using an exploratory mediation data analytic method. Results Results demonstrated a significant childhood maltreatment - suicide attempt relationship only among females. After considering demographics and suicidal ideation, having received counseling in the previous 12 months was the most influential mediator, followed by having a friend attempt suicide in the previous 12 months. Conclusions These findings highlight potential gender differences in the relationship between childhood maltreatment and later suicide attempts, and, moreover, the importance of assessing for recent exposure to peer suicidal behavior in suicide risk assessments.
Keyword(s)Suicide attempts Childhood maltreatment Adolescents Exploratory mediation analysis
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Adolescence
Author(s)Ammerman, Brooke A.
Burke, Taylor A.
Alloy, Lauren B.
McCloskey, Michael S.