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We studied 211 men in a secure forensic hospital who had a history of suicide attempts and compared them with 275 other men in the same hospital. The men with a suicide attempt history had more adverse events in their childhood, especially being physically abused, being separated from their parent, and having a parent with a psychiatric history. Men with a suicide history also had more antisocial features.
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Why is it important?
Suicide is a leading cause of death in custody, including in forensic psychiatric hospitals.
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This page is a summary of: The relation of childhood adversity and antisociality to suicide attempts in men admitted to forensic psychiatric hospital, Journal of Forensic Sciences, February 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.14987.
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Forensic Mental Health Service Research Lab
Most researchers about individuals in forensic psychiatric care focuses on patient deficits and criminal offending. In contrast, my research examines their adjustment, physical health, treatment needs, and progress. I look for ways to help identify individuals who can benefit from extra support, and tools to help clinicians do this. This lab follows a cohort of 638 men admitted to forensic psychiatry, through their documented experiences and events.
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