Year: 2000 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.30, no.3, (Fall 2000), p.199-212 SIEC No: 20000450

Cluster analysis was used to explore prominent personality traits among 86 suicidal psychiatric patients. 3 clusters were identified. These were comparable with respect to symptomatology suggesting that differences were not due to severity of disturbance or diagnosis. Each was characterized by a distinct trait with implications for interpersonal functioning. Results are discussed in terms of treatment implications & future research, especially the importance of the therapeutic relationship.