Predictors of Suicide Ideation in a Random Digit Dial Study: Exposure to Suicide Matters

Judy van de Venne, Julie Cerel, Melinda Moore, Myfanwy Maple

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Suicide is an important public health concern requiring ongoing research to understand risk factors for suicide ideation. A dual-frame, random digit dial survey was utilized to identify demographic and suicide-related factors associated with suicide ideation in a statewide sample of 1,736 adults. The PH-Q 9 Depression scale suicide ideation question was used to assess current suicide ideation in both the full sample and suicide exposed sub-sample. Being non-married and having previous suicide exposure were separately associated with higher risks of suicide ideation in the full sample. Being male, having increased suicide exposures, and having increased perceptions of closeness to the decedent increased risks, while older age decreased risks for the suicide exposed. Implications for future screening and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-437
Number of pages13
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 3 2017

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  • contagion
  • perceptions of closeness
  • suicide exposure
  • suicide ideation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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