Year: 1997 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.154, no.12, (December 1997), p.1715-1719 SIEC No: 19980394

Structured interviews were used to examine the relationship between characteristics of borderline personality disorder & suicidal behaviour in 214 inpatients with borderline personality disorder. Impulsivity was the only characteristic of borderline personality disorder that was associated with a higher number of previous suicide attempts after control for lifetime diagnoses of depression & substance abuse. Childhood abuse correlated significantly with the number of lifetime suicide attempts.