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Family Dysfunction Is Predictor of Suicide Risk

Crisis; ePub 2016 Jul 22; Clark, Li, et al

Mental and physical health complaints, as well as self-report of family dysfunction, are salient predictors of suicide risk in the community corrections population, a recent study found. Researchers examined self-reported current ideation in a sample of 512 individuals under supervision. They found:

• When univariate associations between current suicidal ideation and predictor variables were examined, current suicidal ideation was associated with:

1. being female

2. being white

3. reporting an increased level of stress

4. reporting an increased level of depression

5. meeting criteria for an anxiety disorder, and

6. increased number of physical health complaints and self-report of family dysfunction.

• In a multivariate analysis predicting suicide risk, only meeting criteria for an anxiety disorder, and increased number of physical health complaints, and self-report of family dysfunction were significant.

Citation: Clark CB, Li Y, Cropsey KL. Family dysfunction and suicide risk in a community corrections sample. [Published online ahead of print July 22, 2016]. Crisis. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000406.