Childhood Trauma; Adverse Childhood Experiences; Suicide; Suicidal Behavior; College; Depression


Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in young adults. Continuous prevention and intervention efforts throughout the world have been made to reduce suicide risk in this population. Two of the biggest known risk factors for suicide is childhood trauma, a traumatic event or events that occur during youth, and depression. Researching the impact childhood trauma and depression make in conjunction with other factors will help to increase knowledge of suicidal behavior. In this study, recent stress and gender will be factored with childhood trauma and depression severity to predict suicidal ideation and attempt. Recent stress is useful to see recent life events that may be negatively affecting one’s mood. Gender has shown differences that are displayed not just in the prevalence of suicidal ideation and attempt, but also in childhood trauma, depression, and stress. Young adults will make up the demographic of this study to better understand the relationship of multiple risk factors to suicidal ideation and attempts within this age group. Young adults experience stress in many ways, through transitioning to adulthood, studying, and working towards long-term career goals. The aim of this research will be to understand and address how childhood trauma, recent stress, gender, and depression severity impacts suicidal ideation and attempts. Two hypotheses will be tested in the study: (1) Childhood trauma, recent stress, gender, and depression severity predicts recent suicidal ideation. (2) Childhood trauma, recent stress, gender, and depression severity predicts suicide attempts.

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Neal, Raymonde


College of Sciences



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Orlando (Main) Campus



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