Are There Linguistic Markers of Suicidal Writing That Can Predict the Course of Treatment? A Repeated Measures Longitudinal Analysis.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The purpose of this pilot study was to predict resolution of suicidal ideation and risk over the course of therapy among suicidal outpatients (N = 144) using a novel method for analyzing Self- verses Relationally oriented qualitative written responses to the Suicide Status Form (SSF). A content analysis software program was used to extract word counts and a repeated measures longitudinal design was implemented to assess improvement over time. Patients with primarily Relationally focused word counts were more likely to have a quicker suicide risk resolution than those with more Self-focused word counts (6-7 sessions versus 17-18 sessions). Implications of these data are discussed, including the potential for enhancing treatment outcomes using this method with individuals entering treatment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brancu, M; Jobes, D; Wagner, BM; Greene, JA; Fratto, TA

Published Date

  • July 2, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 438 - 450

PubMed ID

  • 26219609

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1543-6136

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/13811118.2015.1040935


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England