This article was reviewed and accepted under the editorship of Beverly E. Thorn.
Article first published online: 16 AUG 2010
© 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Volume 67, Issue 10, pages 981–992, October 2011
How to Cite
Bryan, C. J. (2011), The clinical utility of a brief measure of perceived burdensomeness and thwarted belongingness for the detection of suicidal military personnel. J. Clin. Psychol., 67: 981–992. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20726
The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policy of the United States Government, Department of Defense, or Department of the Army.
- Issue published online: 8 SEP 2011
- Article first published online: 16 AUG 2010
- perceived burdensomeness;
- thwarted belongingness
Perceived burdensomeness (PB) and thwarted belongingness (TB) are important indicators of suicide risk; however, limited research has investigated applicability to military populations, and no efforts have been initiated to translate these constructs into easily implemented clinical tools. The current study examined the structure and validity of a brief self-report survey of PB and TB, the 10-item Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire (INQ-10), among a sample of 219 deployed military personnel. Factor analysis confirmed that PB and TB are distinct, and are correlated with psychiatric symptomatology. Receiver operating characteristic analyses indicated the most useful cutoff scores were PB=1 and TB=3.2. Both scales significantly improved the ability to rule-in and rule-out current suicide ideation among deployed service members. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Clin Psychol 67:981–992, 2011.