Understanding the impacts of corrections officer suicide

Complicated Grief and its Correlates in Patients With Bipolar Disorder

The authors conducted a survey with 120 patients with DSM-IV bipolar disorder participating in the Systematic Treatment Enhancement Program for Bipolar Disorder in order to identify frequency of loss & to examine the presence of complicated grief & its clinical correlates. Complicated grief was associated with elevated rates of panic disorder & alcohol abuse comorbidity,[…]

Cigarette Smoking is Associated With Suicidality in Bipolar Disorder

In this propsective observational study of 116 individuals with bipolar disorder, the authors examined the association between smoking & suicidality as measured by Linehan’s Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire & prospective suicide attempts over a 9-month period. Impulsivity was measured. Smoking was associated with higher baseline Suicide Behaviors Questionnaire scores in univariate & adjusted analyses but was[…]

To Commit or not to Commit: the Psychiatry Resident as a Variable in Involuntary Commitment Decisions

This study examined whether psychiatry residents’ personal variables (such as age, gender, level of training, previous experience with patient suicide, or lawsuits) & their temperamental predispositions had an impact on their decisions to seek involuntary commitment. In a prospective pilot study, all psychiatry residents in Massachusetts were surveyed using a questionnaire that assessed their risk-taking[…]

Coping With Youth Suicide and Overdose. One Community’s Efforts to Investigate, Intervene, and Prevent Suicide Contagion


Psychologists-in-Training as Patient Suicide Survivors: a Preliminary Report


Does Existential Meaning Require Hope, or is Interest Enough?

127 university students were administered Crumbaugh & Maholick’s (1981) Purpose in Life Test as a measure of meaningless versus existential meaning; Beck, Weissman, Lester, & Trexler’s (1974) Hopelessness Scale as a measure of hopelessness versus hope; & Farmer & Sundberg’s (1986) Boredom Proneness Scale as a measure of boredom versus interest. Among the findings that[…]

Suicidal Ideation Among Adolescents in Relation to Recalled Exposure to Violence

This study’s main hypothesis is that high levels of exposure to violence are associated with high suicide risk according to 2 conceptual paradigms – Fear of Death & Attraction & Repulsion to Life. 85 high school adolescents were administered 3 self-report questionnaires that assessed levels of exposure to violence, fear of death, & attitudes towards[…]

A Model for an In-House Program to Assist Despairing and Suicidal Detainees/Institutional Residents

This presentation focussed on the experience of starting & continuing the Lifeline Suicide Intervention Program at the Suffolk County Jail in Boston. One of the aims of the presentation was to demonstrate a peer-level program can be supportive of, & cooperative with, professional staff & consultants at the institution. A profile of the 60+ detainne[…]

Suicidal Verbalizations and Attempts in College Students: a Multivariate Log-Linear Analysis of the Perceived Helpfulness of Peer Reactions

This presentation reported on a study which involved an in-depth survey of college students regarding their experiences with suicide attempts & suicidal verbalizations, both by themselves & by others. 57 students at the University of Massachusetts participated. Discussion focussed on: possible intervention strategies involving peer education; implications for understanding the motivations for college suicides, particularly[…]