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Ashley L. Comiford Wayne T. Sanderson Lorie Chesnut Sabrina Brown

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Furthermore, intimate partner problems are amid the top precipitating circumstances among suicide decedents. The aim of this study was to determine circumstantial associations of intimate partner problem-related suicides in suicide decedents in Kentucky.

METHODS: All suicides that were reported to the Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System between 2005 and 2012 were eligible for this study. Multiple logistic regression was used to explore predictors (precipitating health-related problems, life stressors, and criminal/legal issues) of intimate partner problem-related suicides.

RESULTS: Of the 4,754 suicides, included in this study, approximately 17% had intimate partner problems prior to suicide. In the adjusted analysis, mental health issues, alcohol problems, history of suicides attempts, suicides precipitated by another crime, and other legal problems increased the odds of having an intimate partner-related suicide. However, having physical health problems, prior to the suicide, decreased the odds of intimate partner-related suicide.

CONCLUSIONS: These results provide insight for the development of suicide interventions for individuals with intimate partner problems by targeting risk factors that are prevalent among this population. Moreover, these results may help marriage/relationship and/or family/divorce court representatives identify individuals with intimate partner problems more at risk for suicide and alleviate the influence these suicide risk factors have on individuals experiencing Intimate partner problems.

 

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How to Cite
COMIFORD, Ashley L. et al. Predictors of intimate partner problem-related suicides among suicide decedents in Kentucky. Journal of Injury and Violence Research, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 2, p. 81-88, apr. 2016. ISSN 2008-4072. Available at: <http://jivresearch.org/jivr/index.php/jivr/article/view/776>. Date accessed: 15 dec. 2017.
Keywords
Suicide; Intimate Partner Problems; Risk Factor; Intimate Partner Violence
Section
Original Research Article

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