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


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

Pubmed Central ID

  • 26219609

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1543-6136

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/13811118.2015.1040935


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England