FSU professor: 50 years of research fails to improve suicide prediction

FSU professor: 50 years of research fails to improve suicide prediction

FSU professor: 50 years of research fails to improve suicide prediction

Florida State University researcher Joseph Franklin made a startling discovery during an exhaustive examination of hundreds of suicide prediction studies conducted over the past 50 years:

Science is still not very good at predicting who will kill themselves.

In a new study published today in the journal Psychological Bulletin, Franklin and his colleagues found traditional risk factors — such as depression, substance abuse, stress or previous suicide attempts — were not good predictors of suicide.

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