An investigation of emotional upset in suicide ideation

Stephen S. O'Connor, David A. Jobes, Timothy W. Lineberry, J. Michael Bostwick

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The Suicide Upsetness Assessment (SUA) was used to measure the phenomenological experience of emotional upset during active states of suicidal ideation. Forty-nine inpatients with a history of suicide-related behaviors at a Midwestern inpatient psychiatric hospital completed a battery of assessments during their inpatient hospital stay. After reviewing theories regarding suicidality by the research team, 6 separate categories related to suicidal ideation were created, which were then subdivided into groups. Chi-Square and Fisher Exact Tests provided information regarding characteristics of emotional upset most often associated with such suicide-related behaviors as frequency and lethality of past attempts. Emotional upset is a heterogeneous construct in suicidal individuals, the properties of which may provide for a more thorough risk assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-43
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2010


  • Agitation
  • Emotional upset
  • Impulsivity
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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