Psychiatric symptom severity, criminal risk, and suicidal ideation and attempts among not guilty by reason of insanity state hospital inpatients

Sean Mitchell, Sarah Brown, Benjamin Rose, Darci Delgado, Robert Morgan, Susan Velasquez, Kelly Cukrowicz, Angelea Bolanos

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Abstract

© 2018 American Psychological Association. Individuals forensically committed to a state hospital are at an increased risk of suicide; however, there is extremely limited research examining suicide risk estimates and risk factors among inpatients deemed not guilty by reason of insanity (NGRI). This study aimed to determine (a) rates of suicidal ideation history, suicide attempt history, and current distress due to suicidal ideation, and (b) the associations between psychiatric symptom severity, criminal risk factors, and suicide risk. NGRI inpatients (n = 207) from 2 state hospitals were administered assessments of psychiatric symptom severity and criminal risk factors (i.e., criminal tendencies and antisocial personality traits). Results indicated 46.4% of participants reported at least 1 previous suicide attempt, 58% reported previous suicidal ideation, and 10.1% reported some level of current distress due to suicidal ideation. Binary logistic regression results indicated psychiatri
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-348
JournalDefault journal
StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

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