Year: 1979 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.9, no.4, (Winter 1979), p.205-216 SIEC No: 19831199

A random sample of 3935 adults from a general population were interviewed & asked to report how often they had thoughts of suicide & their opinion on the frequency of suicide ideation in others. 5.4% reported some degree of suicide ideation in the previous month, and 9.1% reported that others think about suicide once a month or more. Sufficient discrepancies were found to suggest that several factors may increase or decrease the likelihood that someone with thoughts of suicide will attempt it.