Reliability and Validation of the Hebrew Version of the Reasons for Attempting Suicide Questionnaire (RASQ-H) and its Importance for Mental Pain


  • This study was carried out as a partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Psychology, Bar Ilan University, Israel, under supervision of Prof. Mario Mikulincer (School of Psychology, “Interdisciplinary Studies Herzlia”) and Dr. Naomi Bat-Zion (Department of Psychology, “Bar Ilan University”). Dissertation approval date May 6, 2013.


This study evaluated the Hebrew Reasons for Attempting Suicide Questionnaire (RASQ-H) and its application for suicidality, and mental pain and its tolerance. The sample comprised 97 participants who were inpatient suicide attempters, inpatient nonattempters, or nonpatient controls. Differentiation of the RASQ into internal perturbation-based reasons and extrapunitive/manipulative motivations factors was confirmed, with each scale demonstrating strong internal reliability. While the internal perturbation-based reasons factor related positively to some suicidal manifestations, to mental pain, and to lower mental pain tolerance, the extrapunitive/manipulative motivations factor mostly associated with lower suicidality and had fewer and smaller associations with mental pain and its tolerance.