Year: 1990 Source: Crisis, v.11, no.2, (November 1990), p.104-112 SIEC No: 19901681

Reviews the literature on suicide risk assessment, noting limitations of prediction & ways in which it might be improved. Low completion rates mean even highly sensitive prediction formulae can not make accurate predictions. Suggestions for improvement include predicting risk for separate, rather than group, categories of pathology; considering prospective rather than retrospective studies; & taking into account the differences between short-term & long-term risk for suicide. (41 refs.) (RM)