Year: 2007 Source: Journal of Personality Disorders, v.21, no.1, (February 2007), p.72-86 SIEC No: 20100684

This study employed an Experience Sampling Methodology to test whether various elements of affective instability can predict future suicide ideation in patients with borderline personality disorder & a history of recurrent suicidal behaviour. 82 individuals were followed prospectively for one month during which time they recorded their current mood states, 6 times daily over 3 weeks. Accounting for a set of robust suicide risk factors in multiple regression analyses, only negative mood intensity was significantly related to intensity of self-reported suicide ideation & to number of suicidal behaviours over the past year. Other elements of affective instability examined were not associated with future suicide ideation or with recent suicidal behaviour. (36 refs.) JA