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Psychiatry Res. 1989 Jan;27(1):71-9.

Is there a relation between the seriousness of suicidal intent and the lethality of the suicide attempt?

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Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY.


The relation between the strength of an individual's intent to commit suicide and the nature and seriousness (lethality) of any suicide attempt has been a controversial one. Some studies suggest a positive correlation, while others report no connection. The present investigation included 60 patients, who were studied shortly after they had been admitted to a medical service after a suicide attempt. Measures of depression, impulsivity, suicidal intent, seriousness of the attempt, and efforts to prevent intervention were obtained. Results reveal that both depression and impulsivity correlate positively with the strength of the intent to commit suicide, but there appears to be almost no correlation in this population between measures of intent and seriousness of the attempt.

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