Suicide and Fatal Drug Overdose in Child Sexual Abuse Victims: A Historical Cohort Study

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M Cutajar, P Mullen, J Ogloff, S Thomas, D Wells, J Spataro, “Suicide and Fatal Drug Overdose in Child Sexual Abuse Victims: A Historical Cohort Study”, (2010) 192(4) Medical Journal of Australia 184.

Abstract

The following article reports on a study of 2,759 Australians who have been medically ascertained as being victims of child sexual abuse (CSA) between 1964 and 1995. The study found significantly higher rates of suicide and accidental fatal drug overdose in the CSA group compared to age-limited national data for the general population. The study also found that a diagnosis of anxiety disorder was the most commonly reported diagnosis among the CSA victims who died from self-harm whereas depression and psychosis is usually a strong predictor of suicide in the general community. The study confirms that CSA is associated with a range of deleterious outcomes including mental health problems, interpersonal functioning and substance abuse.

 

Acknowledgement: MC Cutajar et al, “Suicide and fatal drug overdose in child sexual abuse victims: a historical cohort study”, (2010) 192(4) MJA 184, ©Copyright 2010, The Medical Journal of Australia, reproduced with permission.