New onset and remission of suicidal ideation among a depressed adult sample.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND: Previous research has demonstrated that suicidal ideation often predicts suicide completion. METHODS: The present study examined clinical and phenomenological variables associated with the presence, development and remission of suicidal ideation among depressed adults. The sample (n = 81) was derived from subjects enrolled in the Duke Clinical Research Center for the Study of Depression in Late Life. RESULTS: Greater pessimistic thinking at baseline predicted the development of suicidal ideation one year later and the older a person was when he or she first experienced depression, the more likely he or she was to report remission from suicidal ideation one year following onset. LIMITATIONS: Longitudinal analyses were based on relatively small samples. Variables that were not significant in these analyses might be in a larger sample. CONCLUSIONS: The longitudinal design of this study mitigates limitations associated with cross-sectional or retrospective designs and advances our understanding of a clinical profile associated with the development and remission of suicidal thoughts.

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Cited Authors

  • Lynch, TR; Johnson, CS; Mendelson, T; Robins, CJ; Ranga, K; Krishnan, R; Blazer, DG

Published Date

  • November 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 56 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 49 - 54

PubMed ID

  • 10626779

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-0327

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0165-0327(99)00023-3


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands