Faculty Publications

Title

The Reasons for Living Inventory: psychometric properties.

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Psychological reports

Volume

69

Issue

1

First Page

271

Last Page

278

Abstract

The test-retest reliability, internal consistency reliability, normative, and item analysis data of the Reasons for Living Inventory were investigated in a sample of 116 college students. The inventory has six subscales, each of which assesses a category of adaptive beliefs and expectations considered reasons for not committing suicide. The inventory was administered twice, with a 3-week interval between testings. Test-retest coefficients for the men, women, and total sample were moderate to high. The alpha coefficients and item-total correlations for the subscales and the total inventory provided strong support for internal consistency. 26 items were consistently endorsed by 30% or more of our total sample as "extremely important," while only four were suggested as "not at all important" reasons for not committing suicide.

Original Publication Date

1-1-1991

DOI of published version

10.2466/pr0.1991.69.1.271

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