December 1973

Assessment of Suicidal Risk by Psychology and Psychiatry Trainees

Author Affiliations

San Antonio, Tex
From the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1973;29(6):792-793. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1973.04200060068010

Psychology and psychiatry residents independently interviewed 102 serial patients admitted to a general hospital emergency room. On the basis of the interview, trainees of each discipline made independent judgments of the seriousness of the suicidal attempt.

These judgments were compared with those of a senior clinician and the ability of each group—over time—to anticipate the more experienced man's judgments was determined. Psychology trainees tended to outperform the psychiatry trainees, raising questions about the training models involved.