Year: 1990 Source: Psychological Assessment, v.2, no.4, (1990), p.382-390 SIEC No: 20090712

The development of the Suicidal Behaviors Interview, a semistructured clinical interview measure of suicidal behaviors for use with adolescents, is described. Subjects were 352 adolescents, ages 12-19 years. Results show high internal consistency & interrater reliability, & significant correlations with self-report measures of depression & suicide ideation. Factor analysis of scale items resulted in a 3-factor solution that was parsimonious with the general formulation of suicidal behaviour represented by the Suicidal Behaviors Interviews. Examination of scale factors indicated relatively high levels of reliability & moderate intercorrelations among them. Results suggest this scale is a psychometrically sound clinical interview for the evaluation of suicidal behaviours in adolescents. (65 refs.)