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Title: Risk and protective factors for suicide attempt and self-harm in individuals with a history of psychiatric hospitalization
Authors: Nabors, Erik Stephen
Keywords: Psychology;Suicide--Risk factors;Suicidal behavior--Risk factors
Issue Date: 2-Sep-2004
Abstract: To date, research on risk for self-harming behavior has been of limited success. This has led to difficulty in predicting self-harm, and developing effective intervention programs. The existing prediction literature has focused on static risk factors, failed to adequately define or measure many important constructs, and has not yet developed prediction schemes of adequate accuracy. The current intervention literature is both small and methodologically poor. This paper presents results from a study examining risk for self-harm in individuals with a history of psychiatric hospitalization. The data is taken from the MacArthur Risk Assessment study, and corrects for the methodological problems that have marked the prediction literature. Logistic regressions found several risk and protective factors for both suicidal and non-suicidal acts of self harm respectively. Classification tree analyses correctly classified a high percentage of subjects, and provided descriptions of those at low, moderate and high risk for both suicidal and non-suicidal acts of self-harm. Implications for conceptualization, study and professional reaction to acts of self-harm are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/335
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