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Title

The multi-attitude suicide tendency scale: Further validation with adolescent psychiatric inpatients

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior

Volume

30

Issue

4

First Page

377

Last Page

385

Abstract

The present study was designed to examine the construct validity and psychometric properties of the Multi-Attitude Suicide Tendency Scale in adolescent psychiatric inpatients. This new scale has four subscales: attraction to life, repulsion by life, attraction to death, and repulsion by death. Confirmatory factor analysis of the scale items provided support for the fit of the 28-item, four-factor model. Results of logistic regression analyses revealed that high scores on the repulsion by life and the attraction to death subscales were useful in assessing the risk for suicide attempts. Results of the hierarchical regression analysis showed that high repulsion by life and low attraction to life subscale scores contributed to the prediction of scores on the suicide probability scale. We also examined gender differences on the four subscales and the psychological correlates of each subscale.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2000

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