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Behav Res Ther. 2003 Dec;41(12):1469-80.

Worst-point suicidal plans: a dimension of suicidality predictive of past suicide attempts and eventual death by suicide.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1270, USA.


Among 440 psychiatric outpatients with current suicidal ideation, we examined the empirical distinction between the "plans" vs. "desire" dimensions of suicidality, focusing for conceptual and empirical reasons on a worst-point assessment strategy. Factor analyses were consistent with the distinction, but more importantly, among the current ideators included in this study, the worst-point "plans" dimension was the only predictor significantly related to both of two important indices, history of past attempt and eventual suicide. These findings bear on the trajectory of suicidal behavior over time, as well as inform the clinical assessment of suicidal patients.

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