ERIC Number: EJ1074564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Mental Health and Self-Directed Violence among Student Service Members/Veterans in Postsecondary Education
Blosnich, John R.; Kopacz, Marek S.; McCarten, Janet; Bossarte, Robert M.
Journal of American College Health, v63 n7 p418-426 2015
Objectives: Using a sample of student service members/veterans, the current study aimed to examine the prevalence of psychiatric diagnoses and suicide-related outcomes and the association of hazardous duty with mental health. Participants: Data are from the Fall 2011 National College Health Assessment (N = 27,774). Methods: Logistic regression was used to examine (1) the association of student service member/veteran status with mental health outcomes and (2) the association of hazardous duty with mental health outcomes among student service members/veterans (n = 706). Results: Student service members/veterans had higher odds of self-harm than students without military experience. Among student service members/veterans, hazardous duty was positively associated (odds ratio [OR] = 2.00, 95% confidence interval [CI] [1.30, 3.07]) with having a psychiatric diagnosis but negatively associated (OR = 0.41, 95% CI [0.20, 0.85]) with suicidal ideation. Conclusions: Self-harm may be a unique phenomenon among service members/veterans. Suicide prevention with this population should include information about self-harm, and future research should explore whether suicidal intent underlies self-harm.
Descriptors: Mental Health, Violence, Veterans, Postsecondary Education, College Students, Military Service, Incidence, Psychiatric Services, Suicide, Hazardous Materials, Correlation, Self Destructive Behavior, At Risk Students, Online Surveys, Demography, Disability Identification, Diagnostic Tests, Multiple Regression Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH); US Department of Veterans Affairs
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 5T32MH020061