Year: 2007 Source: Hong Kong Journal of Psychiatry, v.17, no.2, (June 2007), p.55-63 SIEC No: 20080736

The validity of the best-estimate method for making psychiatric diagnoses & determining potential psychosocial risk factors was examined in a cohort of Hong Kong Chinese who attempted suicide. 71 suicide attempters & their proxy-informants were interviewed separately. There were substantial levels of agreement, high sensitivity & specificity on Axis I psychiatric diagnoses in subject-proxy pairs. Levels of subject-proxy agreement were substantial for other risk factor domains. Results support the validity of this methodology among Hong Kong Chinese who have attempted suicide. (24 refs.)