Correlates of suicidal ideation in physically injured trauma survivors

Stephen S. O'Connor*, Kyl Dinsio, Jin Wang, Joan Russo, Frederick P. Rivara, Jeff Love, Collin McFadden, Leiszle Lapping-Carr, Roselyn Peterson, Douglas F. Zatzick

*Corresponding author for this work

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Epidemiologic studies have documented that injury survivors are at increased risk for suicide. We evaluated 206 trauma survivors to examine demographic, clinical, and injury characteristics associated with suicidal ideation during hospitalization and across 1 year. Results indicate that mental health functioning, depression symptoms, and history of mental health services were associated with suicidal ideation in the hospital; being a parent was a protective factor. Pre-injury posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, assaultive injury mechanism, injury-related legal proceedings, and physical pain were significantly associated with suicidal ideation across 1 year. Readily identifiable risk factors early after traumatic injury may inform hospital-based screening and intervention procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-485
Number of pages13
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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