Changes in Hopelessness and Dissimulation Tendencies in Patients After a Suicide Attempt
Previous studies dealing with the interrelationships between patients’ self-reports concerning the intention of their suicide attempt and the estimated suicidal intent as well as the estimated lethality of the suicidal act have produced contradictory findings. Several factors may account for such discrepancies. In most previous studies, the suicidal intent and the lethality of the suicide attempt were only assessed using cross-sectional methods. However, the results of other studies have suggested that self-reports concerning the seriousness of a suicide attempt change with time after the attempt due to the influence of several factors (Wetzel 1976; Götze et al. 1979).
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