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October 2021

The role of objective personality inventories in suicide risk assessment: An evaluation and proposal

Author(s): Lall, R., Bongar, B., Nordlund, M. D.

Journal/Book: Suicide Life Threaten Behav. 1999; 29: 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012, USA. Guilford Publications Inc. 165-185.

Abstract: Objective personality assessment instruments offer a comparatively underutilized source of clinical data in attempts to evaluate and predict risk, for suicide. In contrast to focal suicide risk measures, global personality inventories may be useful in identification of long-standing styles that predispose persons to eventual suicidal behavior This article reviews the empirical literature regarding the efficacy of established personality inventories in predicting suicidality. The authors offer several recommendations for future research with these measures and conclude that such objective personality instruments offer only marginal utility as sources of clinical information in comprehensive suicide risk evaluations. Personality inventories may offer greatest utility in long-term assessment of suicide risk.

Note: Article Johnson WB, USN Acad, Dept Leadership Eth & Law, Luce Hall, Stop 7B, 112 Cooper Rd, Annapolis,MD 21402 USA

Keyword(s): SELF-REPORT; IDEATION; PATIENT; MCMI; BEHAVIOR; MMPI; PSYCHIATRISTS; PSYCHOTICISM; STANDARDS; STUDENTS


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