Title

Recklessness, depression, and reasons for living in predicting suicidality in college students

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-1995

Department

Psychology

Abstract

To assess the predictive value of recklessness in suicidality, 155 college students took the Sommerfeldt-Clark Adolescent Experience Scale (S-C) Zung Self-Rating Depression scale, Reasons for Living Inventory (RFL) and the Scale for Suicide Ideation (SSI). The S-C Suicidal Tendencies subscale accounted for the most variance in suicidality (26.0%) and Coping Reliefs of the Reasons for Living subscale accounted for additional variance (5.6%). Further the S-C was moderately internally consistent (Cronbach alpha = .83) and had adequate validity, as indicated by significant correlations in the expected directions with the SSI total score (r = .25, p < .01), and RFL total score (r = -.28 p < .001). Recklessness was not a component of suicidality among those nonclinical older adolescents, but may be a factor in clinical or younger samples of adolescents.

Publication Title

JOURNAL OF YOUTH AND ADOLESCENCE

Volume

24

Issue

6

First Page

723

Last Page

729

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