Lethal Forethought: Delayed Reward Discounting Differentiates High- and Low-Lethality Suicide Attempts in Old Age

@article{Dombrovski2011LethalFD,
  title={Lethal Forethought: Delayed Reward Discounting Differentiates High- and Low-Lethality Suicide Attempts in Old Age},
  author={Alexandre Y Dombrovski and Katalin Szanto and Greg J. Siegle and Meredith L. Wallace and Steven D. Forman and Barbara J. Sahakian and Charles F. Reynolds and Luke Clark},
  journal={Biological Psychiatry},
  year={2011},
  volume={70},
  pages={138-144}
}
BACKGROUND The decision to commit suicide may be impulsive, but lethal suicidal acts often involve planning and forethought. People who attempt suicide make disadvantageous decisions in other contexts, but nothing is known about the way they decide about the future. Can the willingness to postpone future gratification differentiate between individuals prone to serious, premeditated and less serious, unplanned suicidal acts? METHODS Four groups of depressed participants aged 60 and older made… CONTINUE READING
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