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A field test of Motto's risk estimator for suicide. Am J Psychiatry 1987 Jul;144(7):923-6

Date

07/01/1987

Pubmed ID

3605405

DOI

10.1176/ajp.144.7.923

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-0023227366   19 Citations

Abstract

The authors undertook a field test of Motto and colleagues' Risk Estimator for Suicide by selecting a subset (N = 593) of psychiatric patients with major or chronic affective disorder that corresponded to Motto's sample. They rated each subject on Motto's scale, using standardized data collected at hospital admission. Fourteen patients (2.4%) in their sample and 136 (4.9%) in Motto's sample died by suicide within 2 years. The authors tested the null hypothesis of a uniform suicide risk across all 10 deciles of risk scores by comparing observed and expected frequencies of suicide using the variance test for homogeneity of the binomial distribution. Their findings raise questions about Motto's risk scale but do not definitively invalidate it.

Author List

Clark DC, Young MA, Scheftner WA, Fawcett J, Fogg L

Author

David C. Clark PhD Assistant Dean, Professor in the Research Office department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Depressive Disorder
Female
Follow-Up Studies
Hospitalization
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Psychotic Disorders
Risk
Suicide