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Psychology Professor and Recent Alum Publish Article on Childhood Sexual Abuse and Suicidal Ideation

February 4, 2019

Dr. Shannon Lynch and Dr. Chris DeCou, a recent graduate of the ISU Clinical Psychology PhD program, published a paper in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect documenting increased risk of suicidal ideation in inpatient adolescents with a history of childhood sexual abuse.

Dr. Shannon Lynch and Dr. Chris DeCou, a recent  graduate of the ISU Clinical Psychology PhD program, published a paper in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect documenting increased risk of suicidal ideation in inpatient adolescents with a history of childhood sexual abuse. In particular,they identified emotional reactivity as a potential contributor to the increased risk of suicidal ideation in this vulnerable population. Our findings suggest first that assessing trauma exposure is a critical component of evaluating suicide risk in this population, and second, that targeting adolescents' skills for regulating and tolerating intense negative emotions may be particularly important for mitigating suicidal ideation in psychiatric inpatients with CSA histories. This article is available in advance online until March 15 at  https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1YS0VX18YHYNe

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