As long as the study focused on people at least 18, that's all I need. Also, the researcher's minimum requirement for 'considered suicide' must be that the person at least considered it as an option. However, his minimum requirement must not reach as high as 'attempted.'

What percentage of adults (It can be an average, or it can be specifically elderly, 30s, ... etc.) have at some point in their lives considered suicide?

  • $\begingroup$ Icor, could you share some initital research you have done yourself? And why are you studying this topic? $\endgroup$ – Robin Kramer Aug 2 '17 at 5:37
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    $\begingroup$ Robin, curiosity if clients might receive excessively high attention/alarm if a therapists asks and the answer is affirmative. Theoretical example, because people will lie to avoid taboo / stigma: The therapist doesn't know the real rate this is affirmative, because she's not familiar with research on the subject. Client is honest and answers affirmative. Therapist gives too much attention / has fear about the client's state, not realizing this is 'normal' and the majority of her clients simply lied about it... As for my research, I can't remember what I've found but nothing that answered. $\endgroup$ – icor103 Aug 2 '17 at 5:51
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    $\begingroup$ "An estimated 9.3 million adults (3.9% of the adult U.S. population) reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year. The percentage of adults having serious thoughts about suicide was highest among adults aged 18 to 25 (7.4%), followed by adults aged 26 to 49 (4.0%), then by adults aged 50 or older (2.7%)." from cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/suicide-datasheet-a.pdf $\endgroup$ – B.Swan Aug 2 '17 at 18:13
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    $\begingroup$ @B.Swan consider answering the question. Personally I would approve and upvote a simple cut and paste action. $\endgroup$ – AliceD Aug 2 '17 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ Could you please add these new details (context, previous research) to your question to clarify it? $\endgroup$ – Seanny123 Aug 2 '17 at 23:38