Mental Pain and Suicidal Tendencies in Sexual and Physical Abuse Victims

Inbar Kremer, Israel Orbach, Tova Rosenbloom

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We examine differential effects of mental pain and suicidal tendencies in female victims who have been sexually and physically abused, hypothesizing that sexual abuse victims report more mental pain and suicidal tendencies than physical abuse victims. A group of 98 women completed questionnaires that measured mental pain, suicidal tendencies and thoughts, and demographic details. Sexual abuse victims suffered more mental pain than physical abuse victims while the physical abuse victims demonstrated more repulsion by life than sexual abuse victims. Only sexual abuse victims demonstrated less attraction to life and only physical abuse victims showed more attraction to death.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-321
Number of pages15
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 3 Apr 2017

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  • mental pain
  • physical abuse
  • sexual abuse
  • suicidal tendencies


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