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Suicidal Ideation and the Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Rural Western China

NCJ Number
Violence Against Women Volume: 17 Issue: 10 Dated: October 2011 Pages: 1299-1312
Gao Yanqui; Wang Yan; An Lin
Date Published
October 2011
14 pages
This study examined the risk of suicidal ideation and intimate partner violence.
This study examined the extent of the association between intimate partner violence (IPV) and suicidal ideation in a rural county in Western China. A sample of 1,771 women participated in the study. The lifetime prevalence of physical assault, psychological aggression, and sexual coercion was 34 percent, 68 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. The preceding-year prevalence of physical assault and psychological aggression was 8 percent and 32 percent, respectively. The prevalence of lifetime suicidal ideation was 15.9 percent, and 3.3 percent of the women had suicidal ideation during the preceding week. Physical abuse victims were at more than four times greater risk of having suicidal ideation than those who had not suffered physical assault. (Published Abstract)