ERIC Number: EJ785879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Value of Forgetting Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior
Klimes-Dougan, Bonnie; Safer, Martin A.; Ronsaville, Donna; Tinsley, Ruth; Harris, Susan J.
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v37 n4 p431-438 Aug 2007
This is a prospective longitudinal study examining recollections of suicidal content and correlates of accurate and inaccurate recollection. A primarily at-risk group of young adults (N = 78) who were initially assessed for suicidal ideation and behavior in adolescence, were asked to recall whether they had reported suicidal ideation or behavior about six years earlier. In recalling the previous interview, the majority of the participants provided consistent reports. However, with regard to those who had previously reported suicidal ideation or behavior, 38% failed to recall prior adolescent suicidal reports. Those who provided accurate reports of prior suicidal content were more symptomatic and were functioning more poorly than those who failed to recall past suicidal content. The implications for clinical assessment practices, research, and theory development are discussed.
Descriptors: Suicide, Young Adults, Longitudinal Studies, Correlation, Recall (Psychology), At Risk Persons, Adolescents, Psychological Patterns, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Memory
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