Year: 1993 Source: Psychiatric Annals, v.23, no.5, (May 1993), p.244-255 SIEC No: 20010413

This article discusses the need for the documentation of predictive factors for suicide in order to increase the efficacy of early prevention & intervention. The difficulties associated with predicting suicide are explored, & the findings of a prospective study of suicide risk are presented. Identified risk factors include the presence of major depression, alcoholism, schizophrenia, & borderline personality disorder. Special considerations for the clinical treatment of suicidal patients are also included. (51 refs)