Axis I and axis II disorders as predictors of prospective suicide attempts: findings from the collaborative longitudinal personality disorders study. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study examined diagnostic predictors of prospectively observed suicide attempts in a personality disorder (PD) sample. During 2 years of follow-up, 58 participants (9%) reported at least 1 definitive suicide attempt. Predictors that were examined include 4 PD diagnoses and selected Axis I diagnoses (baseline and course). Multivariate logistic regression analyses indicated that baseline borderline personality disorder (BPD) and drug use disorders significantly predicted prospective suicide attempts. Controlling for baseline BPD diagnosis, proportional hazards analyses showed that worsening in the course of major depressive disorder (MDD) and of substance use disorders in the month preceding the attempt were also significant predictors. Therefore, among individuals diagnosed with PDs. exacerbation of Axis I conditions, particularly MDD and substance use, heightens risk for a suicide attempt.

published proceedings

  • J Abnorm Psychol

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Yen, S., Shea, M. T., Pagano, M., Sanislow, C. A., Grilo, C. M., McGlashan, T. H., ... Morey, L. C.

citation count

  • 158

complete list of authors

  • Yen, Shirley||Shea, M Tracie||Pagano, Maria||Sanislow, Charles A||Grilo, Carlos M||McGlashan, Thomas H||Skodol, Andrew E||Bender, Donna S||Zanarini, Mary C||Gunderson, John G||Morey, Leslie C

publication date

  • August 2003