n African Journal of Psychiatry - High-intent suicide and the Beck's Suicide Intent scale : a case report : scientific letter

Volume 16, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one's own death. Some acts of suicide are recognized as impulsive (low-planned) behavior; while others are characterized by having signs of serious intent and planning (intermediate or high-planned) acts. Women and younger individuals are more likely to carry out low- and intermediate-planned than high-planned acts of suicide. The Beck's Suicide Intent Scale (SIS) is a semi-structured, interviewer administered assessment scale consisting of 15 items. The scale consists of 2 sections, the first of which is objective, and in the second section, subjective characteristics of the suicide attempt are evaluated. SIS scores obtained are classified as: 10 points "low- intent", 10-15 points "intermediate- intent", and >15 points "high- intent" suicides.

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