The project was financially supported by Public Health Service grant K23 AA00318. The author wishes to thank Paul R. Duberstein, Ph.D., Marnin Heisel, Ph.D., and Yueying Zhong, Ph.D., for their comments on an earlier version of this paper.
A Call for Research on Planned vs. Unplanned Suicidal Behavior
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
2004 The American Association for Suicidology
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume 34, Issue 2, pages 89–98, Summer 2004
How to Cite
Conner, K. R. (2004), A Call for Research on Planned vs. Unplanned Suicidal Behavior. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi, 34: 89–98. doi: 10.1521/suli.22.214.171.124780
- Issue published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Received: June 12, 2003; Revision Accepted: October 1, 2003
Unplanned acts of suicidal behavior involve little preparation or forethought whereas planned acts may be carefully conceived and implemented. Planned acts are associated with greater depression, hopelessness, and lethality, but there are meager data on other factors associated with planning. The prevention of planned and unplanned acts may require different strategies, but in either case improved knowledge is required to tailor prevention efforts. Improved knowledge can be facilitated by the acceleration of validation studies on assessments of planning, taking steps to avoid the conflation of assessments of planning with measurements of psychopathology such as impulsivity, and the use of controlled research designs.