Year: 2008 Source: Acta Criminologica, v.21, no.1, (2008), p.11-18 SIEC No: 20080784

This research assessed the effectiveness of a psychometric battery in eliminating candidates with high levels of suicide ideation from enlisting in the South African Police Service. This was done by comparing the suicide ideation scores of 2,498 applicants who met the psychometric selection criteria with a group of 2,675 who did not. Reynolds’ Adults Suicide Ideation Questionnaire was adapted & administered to the same groups. Results indicated the test battery was effective in reducing the enlistment of suicidal applicants. The adapted suicide ideation test showed positive psychometric results. (29 refs)