Year: 1989 Source: Journal of Affective Disorders, v.17, no.3, (November/December 1989), p.203-209 SIEC No: 19910925

In this study, 413 patients hospitalized for suicide attempts were tested on the Beck Depression Inventory, Hopelessness scale, & Suicidal Intent scale (SIS). The patients were followed up from 1970/75 to 1982. Of 10 clinical & demographic characteristics chosen, only a diagnosis of alcoholism predicted eventual suicide. The risk of alcoholics committing suicide was over 5 times greater than that of the non-alcoholics. The SIS Precautions subscale was also found to predict completed suicide.(VM)