Can the Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale (SRRS) Be Used as a Suicide Risk Scale? An Exploratory Study

Hilario Blasco-Fontecilla, David Delgado-Gomez, Teresa Legido-Gil, Jose de Leon, M. Mercedes Perez-Rodriguez, Enrique Baca-Garcia

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Abstract

The objective of this research was to examine whether the Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale, a life event scale, can be used to identify suicide attempters. The Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale's ability to identify suicide attempters was tested in 1183 subjects (478 suicide attempters, 197 psychiatric inpatients, and 508 healthy controls) using the Fisher Linear Discriminant Analysis and traditional psychometric methods. The Fisher Linear Discriminant Analysis outperformed traditional psychometric approaches (area under the curve: 0.85 vs. 0.78; p < 0.05) and indicated that this scale may be used to identify suicide attempters. The life events that better characterized suicide attempters were change in frequency of arguments, marital separation, and personal injury. The Holmes-Rahe Social Readjustment Rating Scale may help identify suicide attempters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-28
Number of pages16
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Volume16
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This article was supported by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorder (NARSAD), Fondo de Investigacion Sani taria (FIS) PI060092 and RD06/0011/ 0016, ETES PI07/90207, the Conchita Rabago Foundation, the Spanish Ministry of Health, Instituto de Salud Carlos III, CIBERSAM (Intramural Project, P91B). Dr. Blasco-Fontecilla acknowledges the Spanish Ministry of Health (Rio Hortega CM08/00170), Alicia Koplowitz Foundation, and Conchita Rabago Foundation

Keywords

  • Fisher Linear Discriminant Analysis
  • life events
  • suicide attempters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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