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The Association between Child Abuse and Attempted Suicide

KEITH HAWTON and JACQUELINE C. ROBERTS
The British Journal of Social Work
Vol. 11, No. 4 (1981), pp. 415-420
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23698641
Page Count: 6
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The Association between Child Abuse and Attempted Suicide
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Abstract

A recent survey by the authors has demonstrated that attempted suicide is common in parents, particularly mothers, who abuse their children. However, the nature of the association between child abuse and attempted suicide is complicated. Here some possible types of association are suggested. In management of child abuse, special note should be taken of a history of attempted suicide in the parents because, in some cases, it suggests a poor prognosis. Similarly, young children of parents who attempt suicide should be assessed in case they are at risk of abuse.

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