Year: 1988 Source: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, v.22, no.1, (1988), p.6-7 SIEC No: 19880487

Based on 2 studies, hopelessness appears to be the major clinical issue requiring identification & intervention. 5-10 years after 207 psychiatric inpatients with suicidal ideas were given depression, suicidal ideation, & hopelessness scales. Only the hopelessness scale was predictive in the 14 subsequent suicides. Another study finds that chronic schizophrenic cases displaying symptoms of hopelessness, rather than depression, were associated with subsequent suicide (n=104, 15 suicides).