Year: 1981 Source: International Journal of the Addictions, v.16, no.3, (1981), p.425-429 SIEC No: 19832977

191 heroin addicts were administered the Beck Depression Inventory, the Hopelessness Scale, & the Suicide Contemplation Scale. Suicide intent was found to be significantly correlated with hopelessness, but not with depression. The report of having made an attempt was significantly correlated with both depression & hopelessness. It is speculated that hopelessness may be an important factor in heroin addiction. (9 refs.) (RM)