Reasons for Living InventoryJoe Segen2016-11-16T14:33:54+00:00
Reasons for Living Inventory
Definition A self-report instrument used to assess a person’s suicidal ideation and current risk of suicide completion.
The RFL measures the probability of suicide based on the theory that some factors may mitigate suicidal ideation.
The 48-item questionnaire is answered per a Likert scale from 1 to 6, and is divided into six subscales:
• Survival and coping beliefs
• Responsibility to family
• Child concerns
• Fear of suicide
• Fear of social disproval
• Moral objections.
Whilst it is both reliable and valid, its use is largely confined to research.
Sons/Daughters of RFL
• College Students Reasons for Living Inventory
• Brief Reasons for Living Inventory (uses only 12 of the RFL items).
The Inventory was developed by M Linehan et al, J Consulting & Clinical Psychology”, 1983; 51, 276-286.