Adolescent Dating Violence and Childhood Abuse as Predictors of Early Adulthood Suicidality: Relative Contributions & Indirect Effects (pp. 117-140)
Authors: (Katherine M. Klipfel, Manfred H. M. van Dulmen, Monica H. Swahn, & Robert M. Bossarte)
Abstract: While both childhood physical abuse and adolescent physical dating violence victimization predict subsequent suicidality, little is known about (a) the relative contribution of these forms of victimization in predicting suicidality across time, and (b) how exposure to dating violence impacts the association between childhood abuse and suicidality in early adulthood. The purpose of this chapter was to explore these questions using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 7,007). The findings show that experiences of childhood physical abuse, as well as experiences of adolescent physical dating violence victimization, were associated with suicidality in
early adulthood. Moreover, children who had been physically abused, as well as adolescents who had experienced physical dating violence victimization, reported higher rates of suicidality than those who had not been victimized. These findings further underscore the role of experiences of violence across different relationship domains in risk for suicide.