Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 50, Issue 6, pp 673–680

Lifetime Trauma and Suicide Attempts in People with Severe Mental Illness

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10597-013-9658-7

Cite this article as:
O’Hare, T., Shen, C. & Sherrer, M. Community Ment Health J (2014) 50: 673. doi:10.1007/s10597-013-9658-7


We examined associations among six forms of common lifetime traumatic/adverse events and lifetime suicide attempts while controlling for gender, psychiatric symptoms, self-injury, and substance use in 371 community mental health clients with severe mental illness. Most clients (88.1 %) reported at least one traumatic event, and more than half had attempted suicide at least once. Regression revealed that three factors were significantly associated with lifetime suicide attempts: lifetime self-injurious behaviors, lifetime physical abuse, and alcohol use. Having been physically abused appears to be uniquely associated with lifetime suicide attempts when other key risk factors are controlled. Limitations include the cross-sectional design.


Suicide Self-injury Trauma PTSD Mood disorder Schizophrenia 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of Social WorkBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and Human ServicesLyndon State CollegeLyndonvilleUSA

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