Year: 1985 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.142, no.5, (May 1985), p.559-563 SIEC No: 19860007

The authors studied 207 patients hospitalized because of suicidal ideation, but not for recent suicide attempts, at the time of admission. During a followup period of 5-10 years, 14 patients committed suicide. Of all the data collected at the time of hospitalization, only the Hopelessness Scale & the pessimism item of the Beck Depression Inventory predicted the actual suicides. A score of 10 or more on the Hopelessness Scale correctly identified 91% of the eventual suicides.