Year: 1998 Source: Psychosomatics, v.39, no.4, (July-August 1998), p.366-370 SIEC No: 19980890

This study examined the mediational hypothesis of hopelessness in predicting suicidal ideation in a group of 196 patients with advanced terminal cancer. Hopelessness was correlated more highly with suicidal ideation than was the level of depression. In multiple linear-regression analyses, hopelessness contributed uniquely to the prediction of suicidal ideation when the level of depression was controlled. The nature of hope represents an important avenue for future research. (26 refs.)