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Table 1 Overview clinical and behavioral assessment

From: Personality traits and suicide attempts with and without psychiatric disorders: analysis of impulsivity and neuroticism

Scale Reference Measure Items Remarks
SCID   15 major adult Axis I diagnostic categories,Axis II disorder and suicidality according ICD 10 and DSM IV   Semi-structured interview
HAM-17 Hamilton 1969 Depressive symptoms 21 items, 5 point scale rating from 0 to 4 overall score: >23: very severe; 19–22: severe, 14–18:
moderate, 8–13: mild, 0–7: no depression
Multiple choice questionnaire expert rating
SSI Beck et al.,1979 Suicidal ideation; 3 dimensions: active suicidal desire, specific plans for suicide, passive suicidal desire 19-items; 3 point scale rating from 0 to 2; range of score: 0–38, higher scores indicate
greater suicidal ideation
Semi-structured interview
BIS Barratt 1965 Impulsivity; 3 dimensions: non-planning, motor impulsiveness, attentional impulsiveness 30-items; 4 point rating from 1 to 4 Overall score reflects the intensity of impulsiveness Self-rating scale evaluation of lasting personality markers
EPQ Eysenck HJ, 1985 Personality; 4 dementions: psychoticism, extraversion, neuroticism, lie 88 items require a yes-no response Assessing the personality traits of participants
LCUT Holmes and Rahe, 1985 Life events in the past year of an individual’s life Score of 300+: At risk of illness. Score of 150–299: Risk of illness is moderate (reduced by 30% from the above risk).Score < 150: Only have a slight risk of illness Assess a patient’s risk of stress-related illnesses
  1. SCID Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders, HAM-17 Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression
  2. SSI Scale for Suicide ideation, BIS Barratt Impulsivity Scale, EPQ Eysenck Personality Questionaire
  3. LCUT Life Crisis Units