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Classification of suicidal behaviors: I. Quantifying intent and medical lethality

Classification of suicidal behaviors: I. Quantifying intent and medical lethality Previous studies of attempted suicide have cast doubt on the value of assessing psychological intent. By identifying a moderating variable, namely, the attempter's preconceptions about the lethality of his act, the authors were able to solve the puzzle of the low correlations between intent and lethality. Suicidal intent correlates highly with medical lethality when the attempter has sufficient knowledge to assess properly the probable outcome of his attempt. The authors conclude that suicidal intent and medical lethality are useful dimensions in classifying suicidal http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Psychiatry American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc (Journal)

Classification of suicidal behaviors: I. Quantifying intent and medical lethality

American Journal of Psychiatry , Volume 132 (3): 285 – Mar 1, 1975

Classification of suicidal behaviors: I. Quantifying intent and medical lethality

American Journal of Psychiatry , Volume 132 (3): 285 – Mar 1, 1975

Abstract

Previous studies of attempted suicide have cast doubt on the value of assessing psychological intent. By identifying a moderating variable, namely, the attempter's preconceptions about the lethality of his act, the authors were able to solve the puzzle of the low correlations between intent and lethality. Suicidal intent correlates highly with medical lethality when the attempter has sufficient knowledge to assess properly the probable outcome of his attempt. The authors conclude that suicidal intent and medical lethality are useful dimensions in classifying suicidal

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American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc (Journal)
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Copyright © 1975 American Psychiatric Association. All rights reserved.
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0002-953X
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Abstract

Previous studies of attempted suicide have cast doubt on the value of assessing psychological intent. By identifying a moderating variable, namely, the attempter's preconceptions about the lethality of his act, the authors were able to solve the puzzle of the low correlations between intent and lethality. Suicidal intent correlates highly with medical lethality when the attempter has sufficient knowledge to assess properly the probable outcome of his attempt. The authors conclude that suicidal intent and medical lethality are useful dimensions in classifying suicidal

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American Journal of PsychiatryAmerican Psychiatric Publishing, Inc (Journal)

Published: Mar 1, 1975

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