Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 433–443 | Cite as

The brief Reasons for Living Inventory for adolescents (BRFL-A)

  • Augustine Osman
  • Beverly A. Kopper
  • Francisco X. Barrios
  • Joylene R. Osman
  • Tricia Besett
  • Marsha M. Linehan
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Abstract

This study modified and evaluated the psychometric properties of the Reasons for Living Inventory (RFL) in samples of adolescents. Internal consistency reliability, corrected item-total scale correlation, and exploratory factor analysis procedures were used with a mixed sample of 260 adolescents to identify 14 items for the brief version of the RFL (BRFL-A). Confirmatory factor analyses provided support for the five-factor oblique structure of the BRFL-A in a psychiatric inpatient sample with a range of suicidal behaviors. Reliabilities of the BRFL-A subscales were satisfactory. Four of the five subscales differentiated between suicidal and nonsuicidal adolescents. Significant correlations were found between three BRFL-A subscales and several suicide indices. Convergent-discriminant validity was examined by correlating the BRFL-A subscales with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory—Adolescents (MMPI-A) Content Scales. Limitations of the study are discussed.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Augustine Osman
    • 1
  • Beverly A. Kopper
    • 1
  • Francisco X. Barrios
    • 1
  • Joylene R. Osman
    • 1
  • Tricia Besett
    • 1
  • Marsha M. Linehan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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