Year: 1983 Source: Psychosomatics, v.24, no.4, (April 1983), p.343-349 SIEC No: 19831588

An easily learned scale utilizing a brief acronym (SAD PERSONS), and based on ten major risk factors, is presented for assessing likelihood of a suicide attempt. A group of medical students who were taught SAD PERSONS demonstrated a significantly greater ability to accurately evaluate and make recommendations for disposition of a low-risk and a high-risk patient, as judged by three experienced psychiatrists. A control group rated both patients as higher risk for suicide.