The Culture and Protective Suicide Scale for Incarcerated Persons (CAPSSIP): A Measure for Evaluating Suicide Risk and Protection Within Correctional Populations

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Abstract

Suicide risk and protective factors function for prisoners within the context of incarceration. The Culture and Protective Suicide Scale for Incarcerated Persons (CAPSSIP) is a tool designed to assess protective factors and cultural barriers to suicide for inmates. We present initial findings on the reliability, validity, factor structure, and utility of the CAPSSIP based on a trial conducted with inmates sent to an inpatient psychiatric program. Implications for suicide risk assessment processes in correctional settings are discussed.

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