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ERIC Number: EJ789676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0234
Psychache and Suicide: A Preliminary Investigation
Pompili, Maurizio; Lester, David; Leenaars, Antoon A.; Tatarelli, Roberto; Girardi, Paolo
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v38 n1 p116-121 Feb 2008
Shneidman's Psychological Pain Assessment Scale (PPAS; 1999) was administered to 88 psychiatric patients. Both current and worst-ever psychache were significantly higher in those patients judged by a psychiatrist, on the basis of a structured clinical interview, to be at risk of suicide. However, current and worst-ever psychache were not associated with having attempted suicide in the past. Thus, for the present sample of psychiatric patients, the PPAS appears to be more sensitive to current suicidality than to past suicidality. Further, there are validity issues with the PPAS, with the need for multi-item measures and probably a multifactor measure.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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