Year: 1981 Source: Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, (11th: 1981: Paris), pp.544-559 SIEC No: 19850246

The authors discuss the problem of judging suicide potential by clinical assessment & by means of rating scales. The Poldinger list, devised for the identification of suicidality, was found to be inadequate in assessing suicide potential in a sample of 146 hospital patients. The authors suggest that use of the Poldinger be restricted to psychiatrists & clinical psychologists as 11 of 35 characteristics comprise diagnostic items.(NBB)