Suicide Assessment and Terminology

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Letter to the Editor

Sir: Elliott et al. (December 1996 issue) presented some extremely interesting and helpful findings. However, I must quibble on two points.

First, the authors report collecting a set of variables including the “presence of an ambivalent emotional reactor [sic] to the suicide attempt,” which they assessed by using two closed questions (“Are you glad you survived?” and “Do you wish you would have [sic] died?”).

J Clin Psychiatry 1997;58(10):450 [letter]