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Psychometric Properties of the Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors Interview–Short Form Among U.S. Active Duty Military Service Members and Veterans

Posted on 2023-01-17 - 01:10

We assessed the interrater reliability, convergent validity, and discriminant validity of the Self-Injurious Thoughts and Behaviors Interview-Short Form (SITBI-SF) in a sample of 1,944 active duty service members and veterans seeking services for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related conditions. The SITBI-SF demonstrated high interrater reliability and good convergent and discriminant validity. The measurement properties of the SITBI-SF were comparable across service members and veterans. Approximately 8% of participants who denied a history of suicidal ideation on the SITBI-SF reported suicidal ideation on a separate self-report questionnaire (i.e., discordant responders). Discordant responders reported significantly higher levels of PTSD symptoms than those who denied suicidal ideation on both response formats. Findings suggest that the SITBI-SF is a reliable and valid interview-based measure of suicide-related thoughts and behaviors for use with military service members and veterans. Suicide risk assessment might be optimized if the SITBI-SF interview is combined with a self-report measure of related constructs.

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AUTHORS (41)

Ian H. Stanley
Brian P. Marx
Brooke A. Fina
Stacey Young-McCaughan
Hannah C. Tyler
Denise M. Sloan
Abby E. Blankenship
Katherine A. Dondanville
James L. Walker
Joseph W. Boffa
Craig J. Bryan
Lily A. Brown
Casey L. Straud
Jim Mintz
Chadi G. Abdallah
Sudie E. Back
Tabatha H. Blount
Bryann B. DeBeer
Julianne Flanagan
Edna B. Foa
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