Title

Utility of the suicide intent scale within a prison setting

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

University of Woolongong

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

1847

Comments

This article was originally published as: Dear, G. (2003). Utility of the suicide intent scale within a prison setting. International Journal of Forensic Psychology,1, 133-137. Original available here

Abstract

The Suicide Intent Scale measures the degree to which a person who has engaged in deliberate self-harm was intending to die. This scale comprises two sections: nine items that examine circumstances relating to the self-harm incident (e.g., whether precautions were taken against discovery) and six self-report items that examine introspective data (e.g., whether the person thought that his or her actions would result in death). In this paper I examine the Suicide Intent Scale’s suitability for the prison setting. Minor modifications to, and clarifications of, the scoring criteria for several of the circumstance items are suggested in order to improve the utility of the scale for researchers and clinicians within Australian Prisons.