Skip to main content

Advertisement

Table 3 Comparison of the Suicide Intent Scale, items 1 – 8, between the genders in the suicide group

From: Suicide or accident? A psychological autopsy study of suicide in youths under the age of 16 compared to deaths labeled as accidents

SIS item Boys   Girls   Statistics
  n = 29   n = 12   
  n (%) n (%) p
1. Isolation      .17
  Somebody present 1 (3) 1 (8)  
  Somebody nearby 9 (31) 7 (58)  
  No one nearby 19 (66) 4 (33)  
2. Timing      .14
  Intervention probable 4 (14) 5 (42)  
  Intervention not likely 16 (55) 5 (42)  
  Intervention unlikely 9 (31) 2 (17)  
3. Precautions      .55
  No precautions 10 (34) 6 (50)  
  Passive precautions 15 (52) 4 (33)  
  Active precautions 4 (14) 2 (17)  
4. Acting to get help      .64
  Notified helper 2 (7) 0   
  Contacted 2 (7) 1 (8)  
  No contact 25 (86) 11 (92)  
5. Final acts      .18
  None 21 (72) 10 (83)  
  Some arrangements 2 (7) 2 (17)  
  Completed arrangements 6 (21) 0   
6. Active preparation      .85
  None 8 (28) 4 (33)  
  Minimal/moderate 14 (48) 6 (50)  
  Extensive 7 (24) 2 (18)  
7. Suicide note      1.00
  Absence of note 16 (55) 7 (58)  
  Presence of note 13 (45) 5 (42)  
8. Communication      .62
  None 14 (48) 4 (33)  
  Ambiguous 10 (35) 6 (50)  
  Marked 5 (17) 2 (17)  
SIS Total score, mean 8.4 SD=3.1 7.0 SD=3.2 .22
Precautions, mean 1 + 2 + 3 3.6 SD=1.4 2.7 SD=1.4 .06
Planning, mean 5 + 6 + 7 2.3 SD=2.0 1.7 SD=1.9 .32
Communication, mean 4 + 8 2.5 SD=.7 2.8 SD=.8 .28