Trait impulsivity in suicide attempters: Preliminary study


Chiaki Kawanishi, MD, PhD, Health Management and Promotion Centre, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, 22-2 Seto, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0027, Japan. Email:


Suicide attempt is a risk factor for suicide. To investigate trait impulsivity among suicide attempters, 93 attempters admitted to an emergency department and 113 healthy controls were evaluated using the Japanese version of the Barratt Impulsiveness Scale (BIS-11J). Impulsivity was analyzed in relation to clinical data in the attempters. Total BIS-11J, attention impulsiveness, and motor impulsiveness scores were significantly higher in the attempters than in the controls. Both total BIS-11J and non-planning impulsiveness scores were significantly higher in attempters with schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders among the diagnostic groups. Control of impulsivity should be considered as one of the targets for suicide prevention.