Suicidal ideation in a young adult population

R. D. Goldney, A. H. Winefield, M. Tiggemann, H. R. Winefield, S. Smith

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    Depending on the manner in which the data were interpreted, as many as 17.5% of women and 20.2% of men, or as few as 3.0% of women and 3.3% of men in a young Australian adult population reported some degree of suicidal ideation in the few weeks prior to testing. Using a suicidal ideation score derived from the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), 11.7% of men and 9.7% women could be considered to have suicidal ideation. These findings and the diversity of results from other studies emphasize the need for standardized methods of assessment of suicidal ideation. The GHQ could be usefully employed for this purpose, particularly as it is widely used and further analysis of existing data could provide valuable comparisons.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)481-489
    Number of pages9
    JournalActa Psychiatrica Scandinavica
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1989


    • Australia
    • General Health Questionnaire
    • population survey
    • suicidal ideation
    • young adult


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