This brief is about the effect of physical activity on level of suicidal risk and ideation in veterans. In policy and practice, veterans should continue to exercise, either individually or in groups, and physicians should assist veterans with disabilities in finding adaptive exercises and sports; the DoD and VA should create health transition plans to help service members transition back into civilian life. Suggestions for future research include collecting data through interviews and including more veterans with disabilities in the study.
Gutierrez, P. M., Davidson, C. L., Friese, A. H., & Forster, J. E. (2016). Physical activity, suicide risk factors, and suicidal ideation in a veteran sample. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 46(3), 284–292. https://doi.org/10.1111/sltb.12190
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Suicide, Veterans, Physical activity, Suicide ideation, Risk reduction, Intervention, Research briefs
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Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University
Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, "Research Brief: "Physical Activity, Suicide Risk Factors, and Suicidal Ideation in a Veteran Sample"" (2017). Institute for Veterans and Military Families. 296.
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