Intergenerational substance abuse and domestic violence as familial risk factors for lifetime attempted suicide among battered women

Deborah Ragin, Maura Pilotti, Lorraine Madry, Robert E. Sage, Lewis E. Bingham, Beny J. Primm

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Abstract

This study examines the impact of two factors, intergenerational substance abuse and exposure to domestic violence, on the lifetime attempted suicide histories of adult, minority, battered women residing in a domestic violence shelter. A total of 122 women, mostly African American and Latina, were interviewed to obtain their retrospective reports of the frequency and use of substances and on the incidences of domestic violence among their immediate (first-degree) and extended (second-degree) family members. Results revealed that battered women with a history of suicide attempts (n = 45) were more likely to report substance abuse among both first-degree (specifically fathers) and second-degree relatives than were women without such suicide attempt histories (n = 77). Attempters were also more likely to report witnessing the physical abuse of their mothers. The multiple impacts of the extended family are discussed in light of these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1027-1045
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Volume17
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2002

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Battered Women
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Domestic Violence
Substance-Related Disorders
Suicide
Hispanic Americans
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African Americans
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Ragin, Deborah ; Pilotti, Maura ; Madry, Lorraine ; Sage, Robert E. ; Bingham, Lewis E. ; Primm, Beny J. / Intergenerational substance abuse and domestic violence as familial risk factors for lifetime attempted suicide among battered women. In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2002 ; Vol. 17, No. 10. pp. 1027-1045.
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