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NCJ Number: 217779 Find in a Library
Title: Assessment of Psychiatrically Hospitalized Suicidal Adolescents: Self-Report Instruments as Predictors of Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior
Journal: Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:46  Issue:3  Dated:March 2007  Pages:387-395
Author(s): Alissa C. Huth-Bocks Ph.D.; David C.R. Kerr Ph.D.; Asha Z. Ivey M.A.; Anne C. Kramer MSW; Cheryl A. King Ph.D.
Date Published: March 2007
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: Ronald McDonald House Charities
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Test/Measurement
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A longitudinal study of suicidal adolescents tested the validity and clinical utility of the following instruments: the Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale, Beck Hopelessness Scale, Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire-Junior, and Suicide Probability Scale.
Abstract: All of the measures predicted suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in the follow-up period. Participants showed mean baseline scores on self-reported depression, hopelessness, suicidal ideation, and general suicide risk comparable to or higher than those in previous studies with psychiatrically hospitalized youth. As expected, self-reported depression, hopelessness, suicidal ideation, and general risk were significantly interrelated within the total sample and within male, female, White, and Black subsamples. Intercorrelations were equally strong by gender with one exception; depression and hopelessness were more strongly related for girls than for boys. Using published cutoff scores, the Beck Hopelessness Scale and the Suicide Probability Scale were moderately to highly sensitive predictors of subsequent suicide attempts, as was the Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire-Junior. A total of 289 psychiatrically hospitalized, suicidal youth ages 12 to 17 participated in the study between 1998 and 2000. Self-report measures were completed at baseline. Clinician-related suicidality and suicide attempts were recorded at baseline and a 6-month follow-up. 4 tables and 30 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile suicide
Index Term(s): Prediction; Psychological evaluation; Self-report studies; Suicide prevention
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