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Assessment. 2011 Sep;18(3):379-81. doi: 10.1177/1073191110374285. Epub 2010 Jul 9.

Validity of suicidality items from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey in a high school sample.

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University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. alexism@psych.ubc.ca

Abstract

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) is used by the United States Centers for Disease Control to estimate rates of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in adolescents. This study investigated the validity of the YRBS suicidality items by examining their relationship to criterion variables including loneliness, anxiety, depression, substance use, and other suicidality items. Participants were 386 high-school students. YRBS items assessing suicidal thoughts and behaviors demonstrated good convergent and discriminant validity.

PMID:
20622196
DOI:
10.1177/1073191110374285
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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