Year: 2002 Source: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, v.41, no.1, (January 2002), p.44-51 SIEC No: 20040068

This study investigated the importance of diagnostic factors in the prediction of suicidal ideation in a high-risk sample of 73 high school students. Suicidal ideation was assessed with the Modified Scale for Suicidal Ideation. 74% of subjects met criteria for a psychiatric disorder & continuous measures of psychiatric symptoms provided stronger prediction of suicidal ideation than dichotomous measures. Severity of symptoms associated with mood disorders afforderd the strongest prediction of suicidal ideation. Implications are discussed. (25 refs)