Using telehealth to augment an intensive case monitoring program in veterans with schizophrenia and suicidal ideation: A pilot trial.

Veterans with schizophrenia admitted for suicidal ideation were recruited into a post-discharge program consisting of Intensive Case Monitoring (ICM) with daily monitoring with the Health Buddy (HB; experimental group) or ICM alone (control group). This study tested the feasibility of the telehealth monitoring intervention in this population. Secondly, we determined whether augmentation of ICM with […]

A psychometric study of the suicide ideation scale.

An exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) were conducted on the Suicide Ideation Scale (SIS) with a large military clinical sample (total N = 3,072). The EFA identified a two-factor solution with the first factor (Resolved Plans/Preparation) accounting for 17.3% of the variance and the second (Suicidal Desire) accounting 15.1% of the […]

Assessment of Suicide: Beck’s Scales for Assessing Mood and Suicidality (IN: Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidal Behavior, edited by R I Yufit & D Lester)


Suicidal Ideation in Severe Depression

Suicide ideation & communications were examined in 89 suicide victims with a primary severe depression & matched controls. A blind record evaluation was performed, including scores on Beck’s Scale for Suicidal Ideation & additional items apart from that scale. There was no relation between high scores on the Beck’s scale & completed suicide. Among males, […]

Factors of Suicide Ideation and Their Relation to Clinical and Other Indicators in Older Adults

This study examined the factor structure of the Scale for Suicidal Ideation in an older population in order to determine whether the factor structure was similar &, if so, whether the factors related to other clinical & demographic correlates. 199 participants currently experiencing suicide ideation, mean age 57 years, were selected from a combined database […]

Use of the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation With Psychiatric Inpatients Diagnosed With Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective, or Bipolar Disorders

To ascertain the usefulness of the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation in assessing the severity of suicide ideation in patients who were diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective, or bipolar disorders, 142 inpatients in New Jersey were asked to complete the scale. The total scores on the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation were positively correlated with having […]

Validation of the Urdu Translation of the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation


Factor Analysis of the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation With Female Suicide Attempters

A sample of 119 female suicide attempters completed the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation. Although confirmatory common factor analyses failed to support previously hypothesized one-, two-, or three-factor models, confirmatory principal components analyses substantiated hypothesized one- & two-dimensional models. Heuristics for the number of factors converged on two latent dimensions & exploratory principal components analyses […]

Psychometric Properties of the Scale for Suicide Ideation in China

The Chinese version of Scale for Suicide Ideation (SSI; Beck, Kovacs, & Weissman, 1979) was examined with high school students (n = 292) in rural China. Results indicated that the SSI had high internal reliability and high item-total correlations. The SSI was highly correlated with measures of trait anxiety, hopelessness, and favorable attitude towards suicide. These findings […]

Psychometric Properties and Clinical Utility of the Scale for Suicidal Ideation (SSI) in Adolescents

Background: Accurate assessment of suicidality is of major importance in both clinical and research settings. The Scale for Suicidal Ideation (SSI) is a well-established clinician-rating scale but its suitability to adolescents has not been studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity, and to test an appropriate cutoff threshold for the […]

The Family of Instruments That Assess Suicide Risk

A Comparison of Suicide Assessment Instruments: SAM-PC and Beck Scales for Suicidal Ideation

Psychometric Properties and Clinical Utility of the Scale for Suicide Ideation With Inpatient Children

This study examined the psychometric properties & clinical utility of the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (SSI) for children. Data from 87 children who were admitted to the inpatient unit of a mental health center was used. Based on the findings, the SSI appears to have adequate psychometric properties & can be used by clinicians […]

Suicide Ideation at its Worst Point: a Predictor of Eventual Suicide in Psychiatric Outpatients

Scales for measuring current suicide ideation, ideation at its worst point in the patient’s life, & hopelessness were administered to 3701 outpatients seeking psychiatric treament. 30 subjects eventually committed suicide, within a mean of 4 years from initial assessment. The assessment of suicide ideation at its worst point identifies a subgroup of patients at relatively […]

Psychometric Characteristics of the Scale for Suicide Ideation With Psychiatric Outpatients

The psychometric properties of the Scale for Suicide Ideation-Current & the Scale for Suicide Ideation-Worst were explored. For a sample of 4063 outpatients, both scales were positively correlated with a diagnosis of a principal mood disorder, a diagnosis of a personality disorder, & measures of depression & hopelessness. The two scales were moderately correelated with […]

Suicidal Intent/Life Satisfaction: Comparing the Life Stories of Older Women

This paper examined Maris’s theory that some people have life histories that predispose suicidal careers. 2 groups of older women recently relocated to a nursing home were studied. 12 women were selected from a sample of 256. 72 hours of transcribed life histories were content analyzed. The most important contributing correlates to a suicidal career […]

Psychosocial Correlates of Suicidal Ideation in Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients

The Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation was administered to 121 adolescent inpatients diagnosed with mixed psychiatric disorders. 12 background & clinical characteristics were entered into a multiple regression to estimate the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation scores, with the Beck Anxiety Inventory, the revised Beck Depression Inventory, the Beck Hopelessness Scale, & the Youth Self […]

Psychological Testing for Potentially Suicidal Individuals (IN: Suicide: Guidelines for Assessment, Management, and Treatment, edited by B Bongar)

This chapter describes psychological tests which are useful in obtaining info about suicidal individuals. The tests include: Hopelessness Scale, Suicide Intent Scale, Scale for Suicide Ideation, Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire, & Suicide Probability Scale. Also included is a discussion concerning the WAIS-R, Rorschach, and TAT. (50+ ref.)

Urinary Catecholamines and Cortisol in Parasuicide

This article describes a study of 42 patients tested within 24 hours of admission to an Ontario hospital. Suicide attempters has significantly higher norepinephrine than did control patients with suicide ideation. In contrast, urinary dopamine, epinephrine, the NE/EPI ratio, urinary free cortisol, & serum cortisol did not differ between groups. Data is provided for 4 […]

Dysfunctional Attitudes and Suicidal Ideation in Psychiatric Outpatients

This article examines sets of dysfunctional attitudes related to suicidal ideation. 908 psychiatric outpatients were administered 5 tests & rating scales. 97 suicide ideators & 811 nonideators were identified. 4 sets of dysfunctional attitudes (cognitive vulnerability, success-perfectionism, need to impress others, & disapproval-dependence) were significantly related to suicide ideation, but as important variables, they were […]

Dimensions of Suicidal Ideation in Psychiatric Patients

The computer-assisted version of the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation was administered to 330 psychiatric inpatients diagnosed with mixed disorders. Of the 330 inpatients, 115 were classifed as suicide ideators according to this scale. Three factors were found that reflected desire for death, preparation for suicide & active suicidal desire. The importance of assessing specific […]

Cognitive-Behavioural Problem Solving in the Treatment of Patients who Repeatedly Attempt Suicide – a Controlled Trial

In a controlled trial, 20 patients at high risk of repeated suicide attempts were randomly allocated to either cognitive-behavioural problem solving or a “treatment-as-usual” control condition. The group practising problem solving improved significantly more than controls on ratings of depression, hopelessness, suicidal ideation & target problems at the end of treatment & at follow-up of […]

A Predictive Approach to Aaron Beck’s Formaulations Regarding Suicide

26 protocol statements reflecting important specific aspects of Beck’s formulations on suicide were deduced for this study. Significant interjudge reliability was demonstrated between 30 genuine and 30 simulated notes. Individual statements significantly more highly rated in the genuine notes indicated the presence of ideas of deprivation, perseveration, overgeneralization, inexact labelling, magnification and minimization. Implications of […]