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Association of Childhood Maltreatment With Suicide Behaviors Among Young People [jamanetwork.com]

 

By Ioannis Angelakis, Jennifer L. Austin, and Patricia Gooding, JAMA Network Open, August 5, 2020

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Question  What is the association between experiences of childhood maltreatment and suicide behaviors in children and young adults?

Findings  This systematic review and meta-analysis was based on 79 individual studies with 337 185 unique participants found an association between core types of childhood maltreatment and suicide behaviors in children and young adults. Younger individuals with experiences of sexual abuse who were not under the care of clinicians had higher rates of suicide attempt, and young age was also associated more strongly with suicide ideation.

Meaning  These findings highlight the need for raising public awareness and incorporating suicide prevention strategies into treatment planning and suggest that a primary focus of psychological treatments should be the amelioration of the effects of adverse childhood experiences.

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This comprehensive and significant presentation of this large data set dramatically documents the potentially tragic effects of child maltreatment. It also inherently and forcefully criticizes other narrow minded studies - still accepted in the professional literature - which are blinded by the fact that psychiatry in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) does not recognize  "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Due to Child Abuse or Neglect" as a diagnosis. See the attached study of youth suicide which does not mention child abuse at all.

Psychiatry must recognize child abuse trauma as a unique syndrome and a valid diagnosis.

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