Extrapolation from attempted suicides to completed suicides: A test

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Divided a sample of 453 attempted suicides into 3 groups on the basis of their intent to die. Two variables were found to increase in a linear fashion with increasing intent to die: depression inventory scores and hopelessness scale scores. A subsample of the attempted suicides, who went on to subsequently kill themselves, was studied, and their depression and hopelessness scores were found to be similar to those of the group of attempted suicides with the greatest intent to die. This finding indicates that it is possible to extrapolate from research findings on attempted suicides the psychological characteristics of completed suicides. (10 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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