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Comment & Response
July 2013

What Is Meant by “Increased Risk for Suicide”?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 2American Association of Suicidology, Washington, DC
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Pediatr. 2013;167(7):675-676. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.146

To the Editor As clinicians and researchers focused on youth suicide, we read with interest the report by Horowitz et al1 on the Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ). This study examined the psychometric development of a brief suicide screening in the pediatric emergency department. Despite the promising findings, we would like to offer a word of caution to others further pursuing this line of work.

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