Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 723–729 | Cite as

Recklessness, depression, and reasons for living in predicting suicidality in college students

  • Helmut R. Roehrig
  • Lillian M. Range


To assess the predictive value of recklessness in suicidality, 155 college students took the Sommerfeldt-Clark Adolescent Experience Scale (S-C), Zung Self-Rating Depression scale, Reasons for Living Inventory (RFL), and the Scale for Suicide Ideation (SSI). The S-C Suicidal Tendencies subscale accounted for the most variance in suicidality (26.0%) and Coping Beliefs of the Reasons for Living subscale accounted for additional variance (5.6%). Further, the S-C was moderately internally consistent (Cronbach alpha=.83) and had adequate validity, as indicated by significant correlations in the expected directions with the SSI total score (r=.25, p< .01), and RFL total score (r= −.28, p<.001). Recklessness was not a component of suicidality among those non-clinical older adolescents, but may be a factor in clinical or younger samples of adolescents.


College Student Health Psychology Suicide Ideation Depression Scale Additional Variance 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Helmut R. Roehrig
    • 1
  • Lillian M. Range
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern MississippiHattiesburg

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