3 years ago

Brief reasons for living inventory: a psychometric investigation

Marcus Wolter, Ulrike Willutzki, Tobias Teismann, Thomas Forkmann, Jan Christopher Cwik, Paula Siegmann, Heide Glaesmer, Peter Nyhuis



The present study aimed at validating the German version of the Brief Reasons for Living inventory (BRFL).


Validity and reliability were established in a community (n = 339) and a clinical sample (n = 272). Convergent and discriminant validity were investigated, and confirmatory factor analyses were conducted for the complete BRFL as well as for a 10-item version excluding conditional items on child-related concerns. Furthermore, it was assessed how BRFL scores moderate the association between depression and suicide ideation.


Results indicated an adequate fit of the data to the original factor structure. The total scale and the subscales of the German version of the BRFL had sufficient internal consistency, as well as good convergent and divergent validity. The BRFL demonstrated clinical utility by differentiating between participants with vs. without suicide ideation. Reasons for living proved to moderate the association between depression and suicide ideation.


Results provide preliminary evidence that the BRFL may be a reliable and valid measure of adaptive reasons for living that can be used in clinic and research settings.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12888-017-1521-x

DOI: 10.1186/s12888-017-1521-x

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