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

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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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This study was supported in part by a Project Grant from the Graduate College, The University of Northern Iowa.

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Osman, A., Kopper, B.A., Barrios, F.X. et al. The brief Reasons for Living Inventory for adolescents (BRFL-A). J Abnorm Child Psychol 24, 433–443 (1996).

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