This brief is about the link between childhood trauma and servicemember suicide risk within the US Army. In policy and practice, communities should be willing to discuss abuse with servicemembers who experienced childhood trauma, healthcare providers should tell veterans and servicemembers about their treatment options, and family members should assist with the mental health treatment of veterans and servicemembers. Policymakers should create programs that encourage social networks and increase the number of veteran and military support groups. Suggestions for future research include using a different data source for the study, adding a control group, and broadening the sample of veterans and servicemembers to incorporate various behavioral health issues.
Perales, R., Gallaway, M. S., Forys-Donahue, K. L., Spiess, A., & Millikan, A. M. (2012). Prevalence of childhood trauma among U.S. Army soldiers with suicidal behavior. Military Medicine, 177(9), 1034–1040. https://doi.org/10.7205/milmed-d-12-00054
Mental Disorders | Military and Veterans Studies | Psychiatry and Psychology | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Trauma
Suicide, U.S. Army, Childhood trauma, Mental health
Suicide; United States. Army; Psychic trauma; Childhood and youth; Mental health
Government and Community Services
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Prevalence of Childhood Trauma Among U.S. Army Soldiers With Suicidal Behavior"" (2013). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 292.
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