Self-Reported Suicidal Ideation in Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients

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In an investigation of the psychosocial correlates of suicidal ideation in adolescent inpatients, the Beck Scale for Suicide Ideation (BSI) was administered to 108 inpatients between 12 and 17 years of age who were diagnosed with mixed psychiatric disorders. A series of multiple regression analyses that controlled for gender, ethnicity, age, diagnosis of a mood disorder, and a history of a past suicide attempt were then used to examine the relationships of the Beck Depression Inventory, Anxiety Inventory, and Hopelessness Scale (BHS) with the BSI. Regardless of the series, the BHS contributed unique variance to the explanation of the BSI scores. The results are discussed as supporting the use of the BSI with adolescent inpatients and indicating that hopelessness is related to suicidal ideation when depression is controlled for.

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