Year: 2008 Source: American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, v.16, no.9, (September 2008), p.736-741 SIEC No: 20100784

The authors tested the hypothesis that reasons for living are inversely related to suicide ideation. This report is a secondary analysis of cross-sectional data from a sample of 125 adults 50 years & older receiving treatment for a mood disorder. Patients who reported higher levels of fear of suicide were less likely to report suicide ideation. The relationships between hopelessness & both the presence & severity of suicide ideation were stronger among those who reported greater levels of responsibility to family. Clinicians working with at-risk older adults should explore their patients’ reasons for living. (39 refs.) JA