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Suicidal Ideation, Posttraumatic Stress, and Substance Abuse Based on Forcible and Drug- or Alcohol-Facilitated/Incapacitated Rape Histories in a National Sample of Women

NCJ Number
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior Volume: 48 Issue: 2 Dated: 2018 Pages: 183-192
Date Published
10 pages
This study examined the differences in suicidal ideation based on forcible rape (FR) and drug- or alcohol-facilitated/incapacitated rape (DAFR/IR) history were examined in national samples of college (n = 2,000) and household residing (n = 3,001) women.

Mental health symptoms differ among women with forcible rape (FR) compared to drug or alcohol facilitated/incapacitated rape (DAFR/IR) histories, but differences in suicidal ideation are unknown. For both college women and household residing women, FR and DAFR/IR were associated with recent suicidal ideation. Differences emerged when examined indirectly through recent post traumatic stress disorder, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse. Therefore, it is important to examine both FR and DAFR/IR when assessing suicidal ideation. (publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: January 1, 2018