Year: 2003 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.33, no.4, (Winter 2003), p.353-364 SIEC No: 20040989

This study examines the relationship of suicidal intent of deliberate self-harm (DSH) to lethality, the relationship of both to patient characteristics, & determines if intent or lethality are risk factors for repetition of DSH. Potential lethality & Suicide Intent Scale (SIS) scores for DSH episodes were examined in a representative sample of 150 patients presenting to a general hospital. Lethality was strongly associated with high intent. Suicidal intent but not lethality was associated with the presence of psychiatric disorder & depression. Further findings are discussed. (43 refs)