Family violence is not the only danger during this time. The CDC
suicide as the 10
leading cause of death in the U.S., and pandemic-related isolation, reduced access to care, and financial and career concerns pose a serious threat to individuals’ mental health. The Los Angeles Times
an increase in calls to L.A.’s suicide hotline, as Scientific American
on COVID-19 related suicides.
Our April issue
focuses on a variety of issues in family violence and suicide prevention:
Basile KC, Clayton HB, Rostad WL, Leemis RW.
- Past-12-month sexual violence victimization was significantly associated with risk behaviors in high school students, including substance use, injury, negative sexual health behaviors, feelings of sadness or hopelessness, suicidality, poor academic performance, and cognitive difficulties.
Schmutte TJ, Wilkinson ST.
- Among geriatric male and female suicide decedents, most did not have a known mental illness, most did not disclose their suicidal intent, and a physical health problem was the most prevalent precipitating circumstance.
Parrish JW, Fleckman JM, Prindle JJ, Eastman AL, Weil LEG.
- Incidence of reported child maltreatment between California and Alaska was compared, with 26.0% of Alaskan children and 19.0% of Californian children reported to Child Protective Services by age 7 years. Differences in risk between the two states was most likely due to variation in the population structure (race/ethnicity) as opposed to modifiable factors.
Talbott JMV, Dutcher JS, Pougnier CA, et al.
- This literature review analyzed currently published curricular and extracurricular U.S. medical education resources and found existing resources for health professionals on the identification, approach and clinical care of presumptive victims of sex trafficking are limited.
We hope you find these articles to be timely and informative.
The Editorial Staff,
American Journal of Preventive Medicine