Suicide attempt risk in youths: Utility of the Harkavy-Asnis suicide scale for monitoring risk levels

Joan Asarnow, David McArthur, Jennifer Hughes, Veronica Barbery, Michele Berk

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The Harkavy-Asnis Suicide Scale (HASS), one of the few self-report scales assessing suicidal behavior was evaluated and ideation, was evaluated and predictors of suicide attempts (SAs) were identified with the goal of developing a model that clinicians can use for monitoring SA risk. Participants were 131 pediatric emergency department (ED) patients with suicidal behavior. The HASS and Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC-IV) were administered approximately 2 months after ED presentation. When compared with DISC-IV ratings, sensitivity of the HASS SA items was excellent (100%), and overall classification accuracy was 72%. SA planning was the strongest predictor of SAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-698
Number of pages15
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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