Is it valid to measure suicidal ideation by depression rating scales?

Martin Desseilles, Nader Perroud, Sébastien Guillaume, Isabelle Jaussent, Catherine Genty, Alain Malafosse, Philippe Courtet

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To date, most researchers rely on suicidal items of scales primarily designed to measure depression severity to capture suicidal ideation (SI). This study aims at investigating how well the suicide item of the clinician rated Hamilton Scale for Depression (HAM-D) and principal factors derived from this scale correlate with SI scores derived from a well validated measure of SI: the Beck's scale for SI (SSI).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)398-404
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of affective disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Suicide, Attempted
  • Young Adult


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