Psychometric Evaluation of the Reasons for Living Inventory
This study examined the factor structure and psychometric properties of the Reasons for Living Inventory (RFL; Linehan, Goodstein, Nielsen & Chiles, 1983) in a sample of college students with a range of suicidal ideation and behaviors. An exploratory factor analysis of the 48-item RFL extracted 6 factors, similar to those described by Linehan et al. (1983). All coefficients alpha and item-subscale correlations were adequate. Additional nonclinical normative data are presented. Multivariate analysis of variance identified 3 significant discriminant functions for group separation. Correlational analyses provided information about the relationships between the RFL and other self-report measures of suicide risk and general psychopathology. Three RFL subscales were useful in predicting suicide risk and general psychopathology. Limitations and future research issues are discussed.
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Osman, Augustine; Gifford, Jody; Jones, Teresa; Lickiss, Laura; Osman, Joylene; and Wenzel, Rebecca, "Psychometric Evaluation of the Reasons for Living Inventory" (1993). Faculty Publications. 4472.