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October 14, 2019

Error in Coding of Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire Scale

JAMA Pediatr. 2019;173(12):1216. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4317

In the Original Investigations entitled “Antecedents and Sequelae of Sudden Parental Death in Offspring and Surviving Caregivers”1 published in the May 2008 issue and “Effect of Parental Bereavement on Health Risk Behaviors in Youth: A 3-Year Follow-up”2 published in the March 2012 issue of JAMA Pediatrics (then Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine), the coding used for the Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire-Jr was incorrect. The scale ranges from 0 to 6; the authors had coded the scores on a scale from 1 to 7, which inflated the total scores. The resulting means were incorrect. The data in Table 3 and Table 4 in the study by Melhem et al1 and the data in Table 1 and Table 2 in the study by Hamdan et al2 were affected, but the errors did not affect the conclusions or interpretations of the study. A Letter of Explanation3 has been published that details the source of these errors. This article has been corrected online.

Melhem  NM, Walker  M, Moritz  G, Brent  DA.  Antecedents and sequelae of sudden parental death in offspring and surviving caregivers.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2008;162(5):403-410. doi:10.1001/archpedi.162.5.403PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
Hamdan  S, Mazariegos  D, Melhem  NM, Porta  G, Payne  MW, Brent  DA.  Effect of parental bereavement on health risk behaviors in youth: a 3-year follow-up.  Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(3):216-223. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.682PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
Brent  DA, Porta  G.  Error in coding of questionnaire scale in studies of children and adolescents following parental death  [published online October 14, 2019].  JAMA Pediatr. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4328PubMedGoogle Scholar