Year: 1973 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.130, no.4, (1973), p.455-459 SIEC No: 19820828

The authors have identified a component of the syndrome of depression-the cognitive element of negative expectations-as a stronger indicator of suicidal intent than depression itself. This not only suggests a solution to the question of why there is a relationship between depression and suicide, but also indicates that approaches specifically designated to alleviate hopelessness may be successful in preventing suicide.