Year: 2018 Source: Archives of Suicide Research. (2018). 22(4): SIEC No: 20180586

The current study aimed to establish a shortened version of the Cultural Assessment of Risk for Suicide (CARS) measure that can be more widely utilized under time constraints in clinical and applied settings. Based on a sample of 485 adults, confirmatory factor analysis, bivariate correlations, and Receiver-Operating Characteristic analyses were employed to determine the most psychometrically valid shortened version. The 14-item, 8-factor CARS screener (CARS-S) evidenced high reliability, high correlation with the original full version of the CARS questionnaire, and high convergent validity with measures of other suicide-related constructs of depression, hopelessness, suicidal ideation, and lifetime suicide attempts. The suggested clinical cut-off is 38.5. The shortened CARS-S offers a time-efficient assessment of cultural suicide risk factors.