A Taxometric Study of Suicide Risk

Preventing suicide among military personnel is of the utmost importance; however, it is currently unknown whether suicide risk is a categorical (i.e., high vs. low risk) or dimensional phenomenon. This knowledge could have critical implications for developing effective, efficient suicide risk assessment and intervention procedures. Specifically, if suicide risk is categorical instead of dimensional, it may be possible to use briefer and empirically based assessments to accurately group people into high and low risk categories.