Utility of the suicide intent scale within a prison setting
University of Woolongong
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science
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.