by William M. Reynolds, PhD
Qualification Level: A (Psychologist)
Purpose: Screen for suicidal ideation in college students and adults
Age: 18 year +
Admin: Individual or group
Time: 10 minutes or less
The ASIQ can be used during intake interviews or during treatment to reduce liability and take appropriate preventive action whenever there may be a risk of suicide. Endorsement of critical items alerts you immediately in case of serious suicidal ideation.
The ASIQ is a 25-item self-report; items are rated on a 7-point scale. It includes a built-in scoring key. Norms are based on 2,000 adults ages 18 years and older, including psychiatric outpatients, normal adults, and college students.
Internal consistency and test-retest reliability coefficients range from .96 to .97 and .85 to .95, respectively, in various samples.
The ASIQ yields a total score with a corresponding T score and percentile score. Comparing the total score to a cutoff allows you to identify individuals in need of further evaluation for suicide risk.>
Results of several research studies support the ASIQ as a valid measure of suicidal ideation.