Reliability of Naive Judges of Genuine Suicide Notes
A previous study by Lester (1991) raised the possibility that the performance of naive judges in judging suicide notes may be based on random guessing. In order to explore whether good judges were reliably good, the present study had 58 undergraduates judge 32 pairs of genuine & simulated suicide notes. Results indicated that the better judges were reliably better. Thus, there may be a valid difference in the ability of naive young adults to distinguish genuine from simulated suicide notes.