New onset and remission of suicidal ideation among a depressed adult sample

Thomas R. Lynch, Courtney S. Johnson, Tamar Mendelson, Clive J. Robins, K. Ranga R. Krishnan, Dan G. Blazer

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Background: Previous research has demonstrated that suicidal ideation often predicts suicide completion. Methods: The present study examined clinical and phenomenological variables associated with the presence, development and remission of suicidal ideation among depressed adults. The sample (n=81) was derived from subjects enrolled in the Duke Clinical Research Center for the Study of Depression in Late Life. Results: Greater pessimistic thinking at baseline predicted the development of suicidal ideation one year later and the older a person was when he or she first experienced depression, the more likely he or she was to report remission from suicidal ideation one year following onset. Limitations: Longitudinal analyses were based on relatively small samples. Variables that were not significant in these analyses might be in a larger sample. Conclusions: The longitudinal design of this study mitigates limitations associated with cross-sectional or retrospective designs and advances our understanding of a clinical profile associated with the development and remission of suicidal thoughts. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-54
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Age
  • Cognition
  • Depression
  • New onset
  • Remission
  • Suicidal ideation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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